French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin calls for enhanced synagogue security

The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, called for a reinforced police presence near synagogues and Jewish schools, against a backdrop of conflict in Gaza and the approaching Shavuot holiday.

“The conflict in the Middle East and its regional repercussions keep the terrorist risk weighing on France at a high level. Therefore, I ask you to immediately strengthen security measures dedicated to places of worship and schools of the Jewish community, which are particularly threatened,” wrote the Minister of the Interior to the prefects, demanding a “visible presence” of the police around these places, particularly during religious services.

Gérald Darmanin stressed that soldiers from the Sentinelle force would soon come to reinforce the police force.

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