Over 50,000 Police to Ensure Security at French Presidential Election

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More than 50,000 police workers will be helping to ensure security on the day of French presidential election, as an attack could not be ruled out, French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl told Le Journal du Dimanche weekly.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the magazine, the minister added that the military troops, engaged in Operation Sentinelle, would also be present.

"No threat is ruled out… In terms of security, over 50,000 police personnel will be enlisted," Fekl reportedly said on Saturday, when asked if he feared a possible attack on the day of the vote.

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen speaks as she takes part in the show L'Emission politique, in the studios of French television channel France 2 in Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, on January 9, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Fekl reportedly said that the security of the transmission of the results was reinforced as well.

Sentinelle was launched following the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, but the troops' presence was increased after a series of attacks in Paris in November of the same year.

The first round of French election is set to take place on April 23, while the run-off is scheduled for May 7.

 

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