Gérald Darmanin calls for increased security in front of Jewish places of worship and schools

The minister asks prefects to provide for a “static and visible” presence of law enforcement in front of “the most sensitive or emblematic” places of worship and buildings.


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Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, April 10, 2024 in Paris.  (AMAURY CORNU / HANS LUCAS / AFP)

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin asked prefects on Sunday April 14 to strengthen security in front of Jewish places of worship as well as in front of religious schools, the day after the attack carried out by Iran against Israel and in anticipation of the holidays. of Passover.

The minister asks the prefects to plan a presence “static and visible” law enforcement in front of places of worship and buildings “the most sensitive or emblematic“. “The security forces (police and gendarmerie, editor’s note) will naturally not be able to carry out these missions alone”writes the minister in a dated telegram. “Also, it is up to you to requisition the Sentinel soldiers for this purpose”he adds.

The Minister of the Interior also calls for the implementation, in front of religious schools and from Monday, of “systematic static guards at student entry and exit times”. Gérald Darmanin also calls for establishing “regular passages of police and gendarmerie forces” in front of the “specialized shops”. This decision was made due to the “very high level of terrorist threat” and “maintaining acts of an anti-Semitic nature at a high level”.

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