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France tightening church security around Christmas

France tightening church security around Christmas, amid continued post-attack jitters

France tightening church security around Christmas

PARIS (AP) -- France's interior minister says the government will tighten security for churches around Christmas, amid continued concerns about potential extremist violence after deadly attacks last month.

Bernard Cazeneuve announced Tuesday that churches will keep only one door open, instead of multiple doors, "to have better filtering at the entrance."

At a meeting with Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders, Cazeneuve said: "Everything is being done to guarantee security."

He also says that anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic violence has receded since France imposed a state of emergency in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks around Paris by Islamic extremists, which killed 130 people. The attacks put security forces on edge, and raised concerns both about repeat attacks and an anti-Muslim backlash.

Updated : 2022-01-21 12:54 GMT+08:00