The Charlie Hebdo massacre has really shaken up French political leaders, forcing them to get serious about dealing with Islamic terrorists on French soil. Today Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced strong new measures to combat the rise of Islamic extremism. His planned actions include spending €425 million, creating 2,800 jobs, and… hiring sixty imams!
I feel safer already. Don’t you? I love Paris in the Arab Springtime!
Many thanks to C.B. Sashenka translating this AFP news clip, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are excerpts from an article in The Local on the same topic:
France’s €425 million plan to combat terrorism
France announced on Wednesday an arsenal of measures aimed at preventing further terror attacks, including the creation of nearly 2,800 jobs to help monitor 3,000 potentially dangerous individuals in France. Here’s a run down of what PM Manuel Valls put forward.
Two weeks after a series of shootings rocked France, the country’s PM Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday a raft of ‘exceptional measures’ to combat the threat of terrorism in France.
“Terrorism has struck our soil in an unprecedented way… and the threat of terrorism remains high, French citizens deserve to know the truth,” Valls told a press conference at the Elysée.
The attacks — the worst on French soil in decades — left 17 people dead and put Europe on high alert, with a wave of police raids, investigations and extraditions taking place across the jittery continent.
In the aftermath of the deadly shootings at Charlie Hebdo, Montrouge and the Kosher store in the east of Paris, French President Hollande and his PM Valls have repeatedly stated that the danger has not gone away.
“We must act and act quickly, it is everyone’s responsibility, but foremost the government’s responsibility,” said Valls, who was accompanied by several government ministers.
Later in the day, French President Francois Hollande added that the French military would cut 7,500 fewer jobs than originally planned. The government had initially announced it would cut some 26,000 military posts from 2015 to 2019.
|00:00||Fight against terrorism: the measures announced by Manuel Valls|
|00:06||There will be 2,680 additional jobs|
|00:10||dedicated to combat terrorism|
|00:13||in the government and in the justice system.|
|00:16||This effort, ladies and gentlemen, is massive.|
|00:20||However, it is imperative to ensure|
|00:24||the safety and protection of the French people.|
|00:27||425 million Euros will go towards equipment and operations|
|00:36||over the next three years for this reinforcement plan.|
|00:40||We also need to recruit 60 Muslim chaplains|
|00:44||and their professionalization.|
|00:46||The budget of the National Muslim Chaplains|
|00:48||will therefore double, and 60 additional chaplains|
|00:51||will join the 182 current positions.|
|00:55||As I announced at the National Assembly,|
|00:58||a watch list to be monitored by a judge,|
|01:02||will be created whereby it will be compulsory to list|
|01:04||all persons who were convicted of, or under arrest for,|
|01:08||acts of terrorism.
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.