Opération Sentinelle

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Opération Sentinelle
Part of Vigipirate
Strasbourg opération Sentinelle février 2015-2.jpg
Operation Sentinelle patrol in Strasbourg
Location  France
Planned by Ministère de la Défense
Objective Dealing with the terrorist threat and protecting sensitive "points" of the territory
Date 12 January 2015 (2015-01-12) – ongoing

The "opération Sentinelle" (in English : Sentinel Operation) is a France military operation deployed in the aftermath of the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, to face the terrorist threat and to protect the sensitive "points" of the territory. It was reinforced during the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Soldiers deployed under Opération Sentinelle blocked the terrorist in the 2017 Paris machete attack from entering the Museum where he claims to have intended to deface art with spray paint as a symbolic attack on France; however, he attacked the patrolling soldiers with a machete.[1]

In the March 2017 Île-de-France attacks, two Opération Sentinelle soldiers killed a terrorist who said "I am here to die for Allah"[2] while he beat to the floor another member of their team, a female soldier from whom the attacker intended to steal her assault rifle.


  1. ^ Rios, Michael (3 February 2017). "2017Louvre Museum attacker in life-threatening condition, French prosecutor says". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/last-words-of-paris-attacker-i-am-here-to-die-for-allah-1.4031448

External links

  • Chrisafis, Angelique (15 April 2016). "Thousands of troops on Paris streets but are they France's new Maginot line?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  • McAuley, James (4 June 2016). "In France, are soldiers outside the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre really worth it?". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
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