Thousands of troops will remain deployed in France due to the continued high threat of a terrorist attack, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday.
Some 10,000 military troops were deployed in the wake of Islamist shooting attacks in Paris in early January that left 20 people, including three gunmen, dead.
Many were deployed to sensitive sites, including synagogues and mosques.
The Paris attackers targeted a satirical magazine that drew cartoons of Mohammed and a kosher supermarket, and they claimed allegiance to international jihadist networks.
In a statement, Hollande said he instructed the army “to take the necessary measures to adapt to the evolution of its mission, and enable it to provide protection adequate to the changing threats and needs of France.”
He charged the Ministry of Defense with leading the adaptation, citing the capacity of some military 7,500 posts – due to be cut between 2015 and 2019 – that were retained in January after the Paris attacks.