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France adds 1,000 troops, police to security patrols

January 11, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ The government has assigned another 1,000 soldiers and police to patrol Paris streets under an anti-terrorist plan put in action after a Dec. 3 subway bombing.

The measures announced Friday by Interior Minister Jean-Louis Debre bring to about 3,000 the number of extra forces patrolling subways, train stations and other public places.

Some 360 Foreign Legionnaires are also patrolling the subways and suburban trains that run through Paris.

Debre said France was ``still going through a difficult period.″

He cited Friday’s sentencing in Paris of members of a radical Muslim network blamed for attacks in Morocco, and Saturday’s fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Islamic insurgency in Algeria.

The Dec. 3 subway bombing in Paris killed four people and injured almost 100. Investigators suspect Algerian Islamic militants.

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