France to Open Specialist Support Centers for Victims of Islamic Terror Attacks

An armed French soldier patrols in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, December 24, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

The French government is to open specialist support centers for the victims of the various Islamic terror attacks which have rocked the country in recent years.

In a sign of the massive amount of damage done to France by the attacks, Juliette Méadel, a French junior minister, said that the “resilience” support centers would provide psychological help for those who had been affected in any way, including those who witnessed or were caught up in an incident.

The minister said the centers would be run by “qualified” volunteers including doctors, psychologists and child psychiatrists.

More than 230 people have been murdered by jihadists on French soil since January 2015, starting with the attack that month on the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. On that occasion, two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 others.