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France maintains high terrorism alert level at least until summer; still on edge after attacks


PARIS — France's government is extending special anti-terrorism measures at least until early summer, with tens of thousands of security forces protecting hundreds of religious, tourist and other sites since the deadly attacks in January.

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that President Francois Hollande decided Wednesday to extend the measures "as long as necessary" because the threat of a new attack on France "remains high."

Le Drian said the measures will be re-evaluated in early summer but could remain beyond that. He said 7,000 troops will be permanently assigned to counter-terrorist protection.

Some 10,000 soldiers are among the tens of thousands of security forces deployed since the Jan. 7-9 attacks on a Paris kosher market and satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Twenty people, including the three gunmen, were killed.

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