AFP.com/ France deploys nearly 5,000 police to protect Jewish schools: minister

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SHAFAQNA – France will deploy nearly 5,000 security forces and police to protect the 700 Jewish schools in the country, its interior minister said Monday, after last week’s attacks, one of which targeted a kosher supermarket.

Bernard Cazeneuve said soldiers would also be posted as reinforcements, as he addressed parents of a Jewish school to the south of Paris, near where an Islamist gunmen shot dead a policewoman on Thursday, one of 17 people killed in a three-day bloodbath.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also said Monday that one of the three gunmen that killed a total of 17 people “undoubtedly” had an accomplice and vowed to continue the hunt.

Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman in southern Paris then four Jewish shoppers in a hostage drama likely received help from someone else, Valls said, pledging, “the hunt will go on.”

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