France to form National Guard to better protect citizens facing terror attacks

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French President Francois Hollande on Thursday confirmed that a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing terror attacks. That reported by www.elysee.fr.

National Guard of France take charge of gun control, combat terrorism, organized crime, protect public order and guard important state facilities.

The president said he had decided to form a national guard based on existing operational reserve forces, with the aim of creating a body “in the service of the protection of the French.”

The president will inform the French Defense and Security Council of the plan to establish the National Guard at the beginning of August and the conditions of its creation will be discussed in parliamentary committees in September, according to the statement.

France has been recently hit by a series of terrorist attacks. On July 14, a truck rammed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing at least 84 people, including children, and injuring hundreds of others. The most recent attack took place on July 26, when two armed men took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy, killing a priest. Islamic State terrorist group, outlawed in Russia and numerous countries, claimed responsibility for both attacks.

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