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Video: Sentinelle, the military operation guarding Paris

© Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP | French soldiers patrol outside Notre Dame de Paris cathedral as part of the Operation Sentinelle on December 30, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-07

Thousands of soldiers have been called up to patrol the streets of Paris since the January 2015 terrorist attacks, but the military operation comes with its own set of questions and challenges.

As many as 10,000 soldiers have been deployed across France to help police forces who were overwhelmed in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings one year ago.

The military presence, known as Operation Sentinelle, was reinforced after the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed in a string of coordinated assaults. 

The extra soldiers, the large majority of whom have been sent to Paris, are a reassuring sight for many residents and visitors to the capital. However, the fact that Operation Sentinelle failed to thwart November’s attacks has raised concerns over its capabilities.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full report on Operation Sentinelle.

Date created : 2016-01-07

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