France Calls Up 12,000 More Reserves After Nice Attack
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After the Islamic State group announced Saturday that it was to blame for the Bastille Day attack in Nice, the French government called in thousands of police reserves, ABC News said.
President Francois Hollande held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss the security of the nation, ABC reported.
More than 120,000 police officers and soldiers have been deployed across France, according to ABC. But Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve didn’t think that was enough to protect against the threat of terrorism. He told ABC that he would be calling up 12,000 more police reserves.
On Saturday, two police officers not in uniform attempted to drive through a crowd of residents and tourists paying their respects at the Promenade des Anglais, where 84 people were killed and 200 injured on Thursday night, ABC reported. People in the crowd yelled, “Shame!” at the officers, who retreated after a short standoff.
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Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told ABC that a special terrorism vigilance force will continue through the end of the summer. He said more officers would be deployed near Paris and the authorities would focus more on crowded events and tourist sites.
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