|Part of War on Terrorism|
French soldiers of the Operation Sentinelle in protection of Eiffel Tower
Operation Sentinelle is a counter-terrorism mission of the French army. It was put in place in January 2015 after the attacks against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the supermarket Hyper Casher.
It was the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, who took the decision to create it and his successor Emmanuel Macron extended it.
All the units of the French army but also of the French Air Force and the French Navy participate in Operation Sentinelle. It results in a massive presence of French soldiers in the streets, public places and public transport, in reinforcement of the police and the gendarmerie. Their function is to provide surveillance and dissemination of jihadist threats.