French government urges extreme vigilance after attacks

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Bernard Cazeneuve, French Minister of the Interior arrives
to attend a crisis meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace on January
10, 2015 in Paris, France.

Cazeneuve_cPARIS — France’s interior minister is calling for “extreme
vigilance” after three days of attacks by terrorists that left 20 dead,
including the three men who carried out the attacks in Paris.

Bernard Cazeneuve said after an emergency security meeting Saturday
that the government is deploying hundreds of troops in addition to
thousands of police and other security forces. He said that “we are
exposed to risks” and France is maintaining its terror alert system at
the highest level in the Paris region.

“Of course we are absolutely determined to carry on and take necessary measures to protect the country,” he said.
“We want to maintain a high level of vigilance. We are exposed to
risks, therefore it’s important that the threat alert which was enhanced
across the country stays in place for the next few weeks.”

He also reassured the public that extra resources would be used to
ensure their safety at the planned march for Sunday, which will see
David Cameron, Angela Merkel and other leaders in attendance.

“French people must know all measures have been taken to ensure this
demonstration can take place in harmony, respect and of course safety,”
he added.

“For those who want to attend it, they can attend in all safety.”

“For those who want to attend it, they can attend in all safety.”
President Francois Hollande convened the meeting to discuss how to
thwart a new attack, after several days of attacks and tension in the
capital

The two brothers suspected of murdering 12 people in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Cherif and Said Kouachi, were killed after an hours-long standoff near the Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Meanwhile in Paris, a third gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, was killed by
police at a kosher supermarket after taking several people hostage. Four
people were killed.

A fourth accomplice, Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.

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