France "offensive" to guarantee security

11:15, July 28, 2010      

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France is following an offensive policy to secure stability in Grenoble, southeastern France where the government had intensified security forces to put an end to violence in the region, the country's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on Tuesday.

"We're not standing idly. We are not defensive but offensive and we won't cede an inch of our territory," Hortefeux said on the local private TV channel TF1.

"There is no future for delinquents; Criminals have no chance to get out as public authorities always win and every one has to know it," the minister added.

Violence sparked in Grenoble districts two weeks ago after a group of youth torched about 80 cars and burned several stores to protest the death of a 27-year-old robber.

Security forces said Villeneuve district was under control but calm seems to be broken again as police received Tuesday death threats to kill police officers and their families.

As a result, the government decided to intensify security measures to protect police forces and restore security.

"For security reasons, we decided to take measures of protection in Grenoble by employing very important means and more specialized units in order to restore the state authority and ensuring security and the calm," Hortefeux stressed.

Source: Xinhua


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