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Paris Introduces Screening at Christmas Markets After Strasbourg Attack

© REUTERS / Gonzalo FuentesFrench soldiers patrol at the Christmas market at La Defense financial and business district in Puteaux, near Paris, France, December 13, 2018
French soldiers patrol at the Christmas market at La Defense financial and business district in Puteaux, near Paris, France, December 13, 2018 - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) - The French capital has introduced security screenings for all visitors entering local Christmas markets in the wake of last week's Strasbourg shooting, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday.

Visitors of Christmas fairs in La Defense business district and the Tuileries Garden must all pass through metal detectors. According to residents, these measures are taken only following major terrorist attacks, but people still come to fairs and do not express discontent over the checks.

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At the same time, checks are being conducted in a number of cafes in the center of Paris as well as near popular tourist destinations such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.

On Tuesday, an attacker opened fire close to the Christmas market in Strasbourg, leaving four people killed. The gunman was identified by police as a local resident named Cherif Chekatt, 29, who was known to the law enforcement for previous offenses. Late on Thursday, the French interior minister confirmed that the suspected shooter had been killed by police.

The Daesh* terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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