France Deploys 10,000 Troops Across Country To Protect Hundreds of Jewish Sites

PARIS — France deployed 10,000 troops at Jewish schools, synagogues and other sites in an unprecedented security boost Monday as authorities remained on high alert after last week’s deadly attacks in Paris.

The extraordinary measures marked the first time such a large military force in France has been used in civilian protection, and brought the latest images of troops on Western streets — scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and later attacks in London and Madrid.

It also underscored the deep concerns about the possible risks of more terrorist strikes even as officials probe the roots of last week’s attacks by suspected Islamist militants.

“It’s the first time in the history of France” that the army has been used in such a way, said army Col. Benoit Brulen, who arrived with three soldiers at a Jewish school and synagogue in the city’s 11th arrondissement