In Wake of Attacks, France Deploys Ten Thousand Troops… To France
After large public rallies in France on both Saturday and Sunday in which millions of people collectively expressed notions of unity in the wake of violent attacks in Paris last week, the French government on Monday announced the deployment of 10,000 soldiers to patrol its own streets and to defend what it described as “sensitive sites”.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Defense Minister, said the military troops would be fully deployed by Tuesday evening and called the order “the first mobilization on this scale on our territory.”
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According to the New York Times:
Broadly reported as the obvious and appropriate response to last week’s attacks, in an essay published over the weeked by Common Dreams, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern cautioned the French government about over-militarizing its reaction to the violence perpetrated by just a few individuals. Arguing that some lessons must be taken from the failed U.S. response to attacks in 2001—including a reduction of civil liberties at home and large-scale and bloody wars abroad—McGovern said France should recognize “the challenge is to learn from U.S. mistakes after 9/11 and address root causes, not react with another round of mindless violence.”