France to deploy soldiers after spate of attacks, say there is no pattern behind the attacks

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited the scene of the attack in Nantes

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.

One person injured in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market in Nantes has been declared clinically dead…

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris says French authorities are playing down the idea that there is a pattern behind the three attacks…

…Separately, police in the southern city of Cannes arrested a man armed with two shotguns and a long knife at a local market on Tuesday morning.

The man’s motivations were unclear, but prosecutors did not think that there was any link to terrorism, French media reports said…

Monday’s attack in the western city of Nantes took place at about 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT), with witnesses saying the van drove towards a stall selling mulled wine.

Ten people were wounded in the attack. One was clinically dead as a result of their injuries, Mr Hollande said.

French officials say the motive behind the attack is not clear…

  • ontario john

    Dateline 1939, recent attacks on France have nothing to do with nazism.

  • Surele Surele

    Not only there is pattern, there are no known motives as well. Oh, and it has nothing to do with slam. And my name is Mr. Snuffleupagus.

    • Jason

      If we could just find the missing piece, what is it that links all these attacks, is there something they all have in common? It’s maddening, we’ve got our best minds working on it but we just can’t figure it out!

  • mobuyus

    Could the lone wolves lining up please take a number.

    • Frau Katze


  • barryjr

    Nobody ever accused the french government of being too bright.