The Militarization Of France Is Not Temporary: "10,000 Troops To Remain On The Streets"

Tyler Durden's picture

Who could have seen this coming? The French government, having deployed military to its streets during the attacks by Islamic extremists last month, has  - just as every other government in the world in the new normal - decided that this temporary militarization of French streets is now permanent. As RT reports, President Hollande has decided to "maintain the level of the army on the national territory at 10,000 troops," with a total of 7,000 troops monitoring (and protecting) religious buildings.



As RT reports,

As the threat of attacks by Islamist extremists remains high in France, President Francois Hollande has decided to continue the deployment of 10,000 troops on the streets across the country.


"The threat of terrorist attack against our country remains high. The head of state has decided to maintain the level of the army on the national territory at 10,000 troops in support of security forces from the Interior Ministry," Hollande’s office said in a statement after a meeting of senior ministers, AFP reported.


A total of 7,000 troops will be monitoring and protecting religious buildings that are “particularly threatened,” the statement added.


Among other sites that are being patrolled by the troops are stations, media buildings and various other possible targets for terrorists.


The move comes almost two months after deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine’s headquarters and a kosher shop in Paris left 17 people dead.


Among the counter-terrorism measures, French authorities announced last week that they would double Islamic courses at universities to raise awareness about the threat of radical Islamism, and to avoid French imams being financed by foreign sources.

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Victory_Garden's picture

Ah shorts, there goes the neighborhood!

cossack55's picture

Perhaps they will have to sell some moar Mistrals in order to pay for this.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Why are they wearing ski masks?  Kinda hard to tell who is the perp is the 2nd picture.

ZerOhead's picture

I'm still left wondering why all the world's terrorists always seem to wear military camoflage kit in urban areas where it is worse than useless and attracts lots of attention.

Then again with all the soldiers on the streets these days maybe they are just trying to blend in...

Motasaurus's picture

It's so that they look like terrorists for the cameras

vie's picture

I was going to say, it's the faceless Bogeyman.  Could be ANYBODY!

Lore's picture

What a boring assignment, just walking around with a machine gun. In Ottawa, it's called "Guarding The Tulips."

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Yeah, you have to rotate the troops regularly or morale goes to shit. I'm just wondering what their rules of engagement are since sub-guns aren't exactly precise and minimum force weapons.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

Amazing how there is always enough money to protect the status quo. Even an extra 17.5B for Ukraine.

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winchester (not verified) Tao 4 the Show Mar 11, 2015 3:45 PM

ridiculous article, 10000/67000000 = ?......  1 man for 6700 population... since france = 35 900 cities and 90% of them below 1500 citizens.


this is only airports and ministers and specific zone on the territory...


you do not see a fucking military on a 50.000 population city....


this is manipulation.

whotookmyalias's picture

Eiffel tower has had troops deployed every time I've been there.  Not saying I agree with this move or militarization of any city, but not a good example if this is supposed to represent something new.

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Lore's picture

At least in China, the guards wear their dress uniforms.  Sets a better tone for interaction with the public: makes them seem less like goons.

Citxmech's picture

That's a FAMAS 5.56mm NATO Bullpup assault rifle, not a submachine gun.

pods's picture

Let's not get too excited here.

First, they deploy all the shock troops.

If there is another terrrrrrrrrrist attack, they will give them ammunition.

This is France we are talking about.


raywolf's picture

France is (was) very revolutionary..... when the system goes to shit (in a minute) and the entire global supply chain grinds to a halt... they 'll need every FMJ round and every goon they can find to use against their own citizens to stay in power.... never mind the Arab Spring... just wait for the European Winter and the American Summer.

cossack55's picture

I was told it would make them look like trees with automatic weapons hanging in the branches.  At least that is what Dick Cheney said.

seek's picture

Because that's what central casting's wardrobe department handed them to wear.

pods's picture

That one guy looks a bit like Mushmouth.

Now Rock, you sure that your obe-kaybee?


pods's picture

Warm fuzzy feelings when they are covering their faces.  Always good for public relations.


drdolittle's picture

Beam me up Scotty, they're wearing masks like mexican cops do. So the bad guys (peasants) don't figure out who they're oppressors are and "surprise" them with a house call. Figure our homeland security heroes will be wearing them soon enough. You hide your shame and protect your family/self.

knukles's picture

Betcha betcha betcha betcha that not a single troopie is deployed in the banlieue shitholes where the problems be, but along the 1,2,3,4,5,6,7th  arrondissement thoroughfares and eateries.

The 1% must be protected at all costs.

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

You're probably right Knuks. So would they be in front of the Notre Dame, or even the Louvre? You know those ISIS guys are real art critics...would the synagogues be the ones in danger or mosques. Or is this all a nice way to have armed surveillance on every doorstep. It's fascist, but the french are so shitty at their jobs and take tons of ciggy breaks, so it's only "occupied" for about 3 hrs off and on. Maybe they should send the Foreign Legions in to clean out the banlieues. I met a guy who had been in the FL (irish guy). Holy shit, you did not want to cross him.

joak's picture

You mean in the 17th... religious buildings = synaguogues. Churches are vandalized and robbed on a weekly basis, christian cemeteries profaned by hundreds every year, but who cares...

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Perception Knukles, it looks like they are doing something, whether they are or not.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Yes Knuks, the three times I was in Paris that was the case. Also, I didn't see a heavy presence, just kind of a show of force. Something to make the tourists " feel" safe. But I haven't been in a few years.

Actually, I kind of felt sorry for those guys walking around like the British Red Coats while the colonists hid behind walls and picked them off. A Bill Cosby monologue comes to mind.


Drummond's picture

We're close !!!

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You smell that?  Smells like freedom.

Bet you anything people start carrying rapiers again, any day now.

Freedom In Your Lifetime's picture

USSA finally gave fascist american style freedom to France! Happy days are here to stay.

Per TSA decree, only terrorists use rapiers. Only completely dulled steel bars with blunted tips are allowed in civilized free countries.

Motasaurus's picture

Australian police demanded the same thing after our "terrorist" event. Solution, Problem, Reaction.

McMolotov's picture

Warms the cockles of my heart to see France adopting 'Murican-style police state tactics.

We stopped calling 'em French fries because those frogs were a bunch of pansies about the war in Iraq. Now that they've stopped being pansies and started cowering in fear of terrorism like us brave 'Muricans, I feel honored to call 'em French fries once more.

Space Animatoltipap's picture

Very nice, this prelude to civil war. Finally something happening in the boring, hypocritical, lousy and most corrupt "EU".

ThirdWorldDude's picture

I wouldn't get too excited, it's just an example of how socialists 'combat' unemployment.

Space Animatoltipap's picture

Where there is socialist rule there must come civil war. In the lousy EU you've got many, many socialists and many, many muslim creatures. Since there are also many, many others who like to wage war with both I remain excited, if you don't mind.

Perimetr's picture

Nothing like having a standing army for a Federal government to provide "protection" for its citizens.


For example, Fatherland Security

cossack55's picture

Correct. They did not have this problem 41' to 44'.

HardlyZero's picture

Fingerprinting tourists on the romantic !

All those freebee croissants and baguettes must be reducing profits for the Mom & Pop shops around Paris.

JustObserving's picture

But it's fine and dandy for France to bomb Libya back to the stone age after Gaddafi had spent at least 50 million euros for Sarkozy's political campaigns.

Asked whether he feels betrayed by France’s president, Gaddafi reportedly answers: “Sarkozy is mentally deficient… It’s thanks to me that he became president… We gave him the funds that allowed him to win.”


Gaddafi was killed by French secret serviceman on orders of Nicolas Sarkozy, sources claim

Ignatius's picture

I'd say drag Sarkozy through the streets of Tripoli behind a Citroen, IF a Citroen were capable of such a feat.

Ban KKiller's picture

Who profits from this?