Security in France: “You need to be versatile to fight terrorism”

A man is currently under arrest after a car was driven into a group of soldiers in a Western Paris suburb on Wednesday morning. Six of those soldiers have been injured. All of them were a week into their deployment as part of the nationwide “Opération Sentinelle”. That’s the security operation that’s brought thousands of security services onto the streets of France since the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, on a police officer and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015.

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In This Story: Charlie Hebdo

On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30am CET local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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