France to remain on high terror alert ‘for months’

France will remain on high terror alert for months, it emerged on Wednesday, despite the huge cost of the heightened security. It’s not all bad news however, with the increased presence of the police and army prompting a drop in the number of burglaries and thefts.

France has been on edge ever since the terror attacks in January when 17 people were killed by Islamist gunmen in Paris. And things are not about to return to normal any time soon.

The country’s anti-terror alert system known as Plan Vigipirate, will remain at “attack” level for several months in Ile-de-France and in the Alpes-Maritimes region around the Riviera, according to reports on Wednesday. The rest of France, meanwhile, will remain at “high vigilance” level.

The high attack levels had already been extended until April 10th.

But protecting the country against the threat of terrorism doesn’t come cheap…