Earlier this month, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, reportedly pledging allegiance to the Daesh militant group, killed a French policeman and his wife by stabbing them to death in Magnanville, some 30 miles west of Paris. The attacker was killed in a police assault on the house, where the individuals were killed.
“This is the first time when the CRS will be armed, while they are generally wearing bathing suits during the months of July and August, and have no weapons…. This is also to ensure the safety of swimmers and make [officers] be ready to react in case of an armed attack on a beach. This is a safety for everyone on the sand… Everyone wins,” police union spokesman Nicolas Comte told the Europe1 radio station.
Following the attack in Magnanville, Belgian police unions asked the country’s Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis (OCAM) to raise the terror alert level for the police staff.