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After the attack on Arras, “up to 7,000 soldiers from the Sentinel force” deployed in France

The day after the attack on Arras which cost the life of a teacher, the Élysée announced on Saturday morning the deployment of 7,000 soldiers from the Sentinel force throughout France by Monday, the day on which the assassination will be commemorated of Samuel Paty, history and geography teacher beheaded on October 16, 2020 for showing caricatures of Muhammad during lessons on freedom of expression.

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“Up to 7,000 soldiers from the Sentinel force” will be deployed in the territory, the Élysée announced on Saturday October 14, the day after the murder of a teacher stabbed to death in front of a middle school in Arras by a young man booked for radicalization.

On the occasion of the security meeting held at the Élysée on Friday around Emmanuel Macron after the attack on Arras, “the President of the Republic decided that we were going to mobilize up to 7,000 soldiers of the Sentinel force, which will be deployed by Monday evening and until further notice”, indicated the presidency, confirming information from RTL.

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Against a backdrop of fear of importation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, France went on Friday to “emergency attack” alert, the highest level of the Vigipirate system which allows the exceptional mobilization of resources in a limited time.

Guest of TF1’s 8 p.m. show on Friday evening, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin spoke of “an extremely negative atmosphere” in France, making the link “between what happened, no doubt, in the Middle East and the “action” of the Arras attacker.

“A period of strong exposure”

The Vigipirate bulletin, of which AFP obtained a copy, emphasizes that the strengthening of the security level comes “in a period of high exposure” with the Rugby World Cup, events in the Middle East “which are added to an international geopolitical situation already greatly deteriorated.

The Arras attack also comes as the assassination of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher beheaded on October 16, 2020, will be commemorated on Monday for showing caricatures of Mohammed during lessons on freedom of expression.

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Operation Sentinel was first deployed in 2015 by François Hollande, after the attacks targeting Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher.

The Arras attacker, Mohammed Mogouchkov, was the subject of recent monitoring by the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI). He was arrested on Thursday “to check if he did not have a weapon on him”, to check his phone and his encrypted messaging, before being released, according to Gérald Darmanin.

The right urged the government to establish a “state of emergency”, while the far right pointed out “flaws” and called for the resignation of the Minister of the Interior.

With AFP


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