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France tightening church security around Christmas

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, centre left, delivers his speech during a press conference with religious leaders, Great Rabbi of France Haim Korsia, left, President of French Muslim Democrats, Anouar Kbibech, second left, French Catholic Bishop of Pontoise, Stanislas Lalanne, centre right, French Protestant Federation president Francois Clavairoly, third right, and France's Jewish central Consistory Joel Mergui, right, in Paris, yesterday. France’s interior minister says the government will tighten security around churches around Christmas,


France's interior minister said the government will tighten security for churches around Christmas, amid continued concerns about potential extremist violence after deadly attacks last month.

Bernard Cazeneuve announced yesterday that churches will keep only one door open, instead of multiple doors, "to have better filtering at the entrance."

At a meeting with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders, Cazeneuve said: "Everything is being done to guarantee security."

He also said anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence has receded since France imposed a state of emergency in the wake of the November 13 attacks around Paris by Islamic extremists, which killed 130 people. The attacks put security forces on edge, and raised concerns both about repeat attacks and anti-Muslim backlash.