France to protect Jewish sites with army 'if necessary'

Roger Cukierman, President of the CRIF answers journalists questions on January 11, 2015 as he arrives to meet with the French President at the Elysee Palace in Paris (AFP Photo/Dominque Faget)

Paris (AFP) - Jewish schools and synagogues will be protected "if necessary" by the French army, a leading figure in the country's Jewish community said after meeting with President Francois Hollande on Sunday.

"He told us that all the schools, all the synagogues will be protected, if necessary, on top of the police, by the army," said Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France.

Hollande also said he would visit the Grand Synagogue of Paris after a march to mark this week's jihadist attacks in the capital.

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