Neutralized a man in Paris who attacked him with a knife to military Operation Sentinel
The military deployed in counter-terrorist task have become a target easy in France. A man armed with a knife attacked this Friday in Paris to a patrol of so-called Operation Sentinel as she invoked God in Arabic. The attacker was neutralized and prosecutor's office anti-terrorism opened an investigation. No one was injured. The assault coincides with announcement by French Government, of a remodeling Operation Sentinel, formed by 7,000 soldiers —plus 3,000 in reserve— and commissioning after attacks in January of 2015.
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The attack at metro station Châtelet, in center of French capital, is seventh against patrols of Operation Sentinel from 2015. Happened to 06.30. The aggressor is a man of 39 years old, “rar marginal”, according to police sources cited by Le Figaro, who resided in neighbouring department of Hauts-de-Seine. On radio station Europe 1, minister of Armies, Florence Parly, said he did not know details about intentions of individual. “The man was immobilised: it is proof of professionalism and effectiveness of soldiers of Sentinel in mission of protection”, he explained.
The reform of Operation Sentinel, announced on Thursday, consists of small changes to make it more flexible, more “reactive and unpredictable”, in words of Interior minister, Gérard Collomb. Operation Sentinel will have around 3,500 soldiers fixed that will protect most dangerous places in France. Or 3,500 and will be available to be deployed according to needs. And to se is added a “strategic reserve” of 3,000 more for crisis situations.
The deployment of military in national territory, a measure initially exceptional, it has been normalized. It is not unusual to cross paths in big cities of France with armed soldiers as in a conflict zone. The goal is to protect France against attacks by natives. Critics with Operation Sentinel argue that exposing military to attacks such as Friday's, or more serious, 9th of August, when a man slammed into steering wheel of a vehicle in Levallois-Perret (Department of Hauts-de-Seine) and left six wounded. Anor criticism is that it reduces available resources and personnel for or tasks — foreign operations, for example— and undermines morale of troops.