France is to deploy thousands of armed troops throughout the country amid increasing fears over a Paris-style massacre during the festive period.
Bruno Le Roux, the newly appointed interior minister said that there are currently over 7,000 armed soldiers patrolling streets throughout France.
“I want the streets to be teeming with tourists and I want the French to be able to go out and have fun. But, in order to make that happen, we need to keep people 100 per cent safe.” said Le Roux.
An additional 3,000 troops are to be deployed around sensitive targets, including Christmas markets, airports, train stations as well as churches and synagogues.