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Fearing reprisals, Paris tightens security following French air strikes in Mali

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Soldiers patrol under the Eiffel Tower on Jan. 14 in Paris. Islamist forces based in northern Mali vowed Monday to avenge France's fierce military offensive against them on French soil.

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A French Rafale fighter jet lands in Ndjamena, Chad, before being deployed in Mali, in this picture provided by the French military and taken on Jan. 13.

"France has opened the gates of hell for all the French," a spokesman for Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels in Mali told Europe 1 radio. "She has fallen into a trap which is much more dangerous than Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia."

Concerned about reprisals at home, France has tightened security at public buildings and on public transport following four days of French air strikes on the rebels' northern strongholds. Read Story

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French army soldiers patrol Gare du Nord station in Paris on Jan. 14. France has ordered tightened security in public buildings and transport following action against radical Islamists both in Mali and Somalia.

 

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