France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks

According to BBC, France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.

He said up to 300 soldiers would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period.

The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured.

In the latest incident, 10 people were hurt when a van was driven into a Christmas market in Nantes on Monday.

In Dijon on Sunday, a driver shouting "God is great" in Arabic ploughed into pedestrians, injuring 13 people.

On Saturday, a man using the same phrase was shot dead by police after attacking them.

Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Mr Valls sought to reassure the public, saying there was "no link" between the incidents.

However, he said he understood the public's "strong concerns" and urged "vigilance".

President Francois Hollande has called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday and urged the public not to panic.

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