Thursday, July 28 2016 23:00 EEST
France is to set up a National Guard to boost security in response to the recent spate of terror attacks
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France to form National Guard to protect citizens, President Francois Hollande announced on Thursday.

Hollande said the unit, created from existing police and military reserve forces, would be formed 'as soon as possible,' Unian reports.

The Elysee said in a statement that the parliament would hold consultations on the security force in September.

After the attack in Nice, in which 84 people were killed when a truck was driven into a crowd on Bastille Day, the president said thousands of reservists would be called up to help existing security forces.

Hollande on Wednesday met the security and defense council and his cabinet to discuss the deadly attacks. On Tuesday he called for 'solidarity' after the 'cowardly murder' of a priest in a church in Normandy.

As reported earlier by, France church attack: ISIS claims responsibility.

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