The workforce will increase from “1,675 police and gendarmes” to “3,510” details the minister. Either “1,835 more”, including “200” in Paris”, he adds, referring to “an unprecedented effort”.

“New units” of “60 to 90 police officers” will be created in eight major cities (Bordeaux, Rennes, Orléans, Rouen, Strasbourg, Dijon, Nantes and Toulouse), he continues. Today, only Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Lille have dedicated services.

In smaller towns “37 brigades of 10 to 20 agents will be put in place”, he said, citing for example Angers, Amiens or Lens.

“We are going to develop a whole transport security service, set up police stations in stations to facilitate the taking of complaints,” the minister further announced.

Over the first ten months of the year, “an 8% drop in violence in public transport was recorded throughout France”, he welcomes, while last year the police services and gendarmerie had noted a 4% increase in thefts and violence in public transport.

“All indicators, including theft and sexual assault, are down,” he said.