France’s military involvement in Mali “significantly increases” the threat facing French Jews, the country's Jewish communal security service said.
“The situation requires we raise the level of protection around our community and double the level of vigilance around synagogues, Jewish schools, community centers and gathering places,” said a communiqué by SPCJ, which often determines its level of preparedness based on consultations with French authorities.
French ground forces deployed to the capital Bamako last week and began advancing northward on Jan. 15 to engage Islamist rebels. French President Francois Hollande says the rebels are “terrorists.”
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