French Army recruitment spikes after Paris attacks

Soldiers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo)

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more young men and women are signing up to serve to defend the French nation.

At an army recruitment center a few miles from last Friday’s attack, people are lining up to find out if they’ve got what it takes.

One prospective recruit, 19-year-old Xavier Sophie, said “I wanted to join already. … When I heard about the attacks, it motivated me even more.”

Recruiters are busier than ever. Chief Sargent Nicola said “today, I have received three times the number of completed forms than I would normally by Friday afternoon.”

The writing on the wall is here — France’s people need protection, the president says the country is at war and its citizens are listening.

Officers here say that this spike in recruitment has already exceeded those who came to sign up after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January and, they add, all those that volunteered then stayed the course.

When asked can the French Army defeat Daesh, commanding officer Col. A. Bert replied “of course.”

The French soldier, he continued, has a mission to fill — a mission that will have more firepower, if needed, in the wake of last week’s barbaric attack.

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