French President Francois Hollande says France will form National Guard

July 28, 2016 6:30 pm

French President Francois
Hollande (L) shakes hands with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C)
next to French Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois (R) after a Mass at the Notre
Dame Cathedral to pay tribute to priest Jacques Hamel killed on July 26
in his church of Saint Etienne du Rouvray, in Paris on July 27, 2016.
©AFP

French President Francois
Hollande has announced the creation of a National Guard, in the wake of a
series of terrorist attacks, including the murder of a Normandy priest,
in the European country.

Hollande said on Thursday that the security structure would be formed to better protect citizens against terror attacks.
He added that the parliament will meet in September for talks on the formation of the force.
Meanwhile,
the Elysee Palace said, in a statement, on Thursday that the decision
was taken after Hollande’s meeting with the lawmakers.
“President
of the Republic [Hollande] decided to establish the National Guard
from the existing operating reserves,” read the statement.
The
president also expressed the intention to “as soon as possible begin the
establishment of this structure, which would serve to protect the
French people,” the statement added.
This comes as the French
government is under criticism over what is seen as security failures,
following a series of terror attacks over the past months.
In the
most recent attack, two knife-wielding men took a number of people
hostage at a church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in ’s
northern Normandy region on July 26, and slit the throat of an elderly
priest.
The two assailants were later shot dead by police
officers. After the incident, Amaq agency, which is affiliated to
the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, announced that two of its members had
carried out the attack.

A
man walks in front of a makeshift memorial as people lay flowers and
light up candles in front of the Saint-Etienne du Rouvray church on July
27, 2016, after a priest was killed on July 26 in the church during a
hostage taking claimed by the Daesh terror group. ©AFPA
state of emergency has been in place in France since last November,
when assailants struck at least six different venues in and around the
capital, Paris, leaving 130 people dead and over 350 others injured.
The
city of Nice also saw a deadly assault on July 14, when 84 people were
killed as a Tunisian drove his truck into a crowd of revelers on
Bastille Day, the French national day.
Daesh claimed responsibility for both terror acts.
The French parliament has already extended the state of emergency for another six months.
On
Tuesday, Hollande said the threat of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group
to has never been so severe, pledging to use “all means” to
defeat terrorists. 
“In the face of this threat
that has never been greater in France and Europe, the government is
absolutely determined [to defeat] terrorism.”
France has been
among the sponsors of militant groups fighting the Syrian government.
French policies have been among factors blamed for the rise of terror
groups in Syria and Iraq.

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