After terror plot discovered, overstretched French army to protect Catholic churches

After terror plot discovered, overstretched French army to protect Catholic churches
French soldiers guard a synagogue. (Image: AFP via TheLocal.fr)

France’s counter-terror security plan – known as Vigipirate – is already stretched to the limit. Since the January terror attacks in Paris that saw 17 killed, armed soldiers and police officers have been stationed outside Muslim and Jewish places of worship.

They’ve reported recently that the task has left them exhausted, but it seems that Wednesday’s news about a foiled terror attack on a Christian church may mean an even greater burden for anti-terror police and soldiers.

It was revealed on Wednesday afternoon that a 24-year-old IT student who was arrested on Sunday, named in the French press as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, was allegedly set to embark on a terror attack on the Catholic church of Saint-Cyr Sainte-Julitte in Villejuif, an area just south of Paris. …

Police unions voiced their concerns on Thursday over the idea that churches must also be protected, saying the Plan Vigipirate had already pushed them to their limits.

“We are not robots, we need to rest,” said one police union leader.

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