Cops in Paris to be issued assault rifles for 1st time to fight terror

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday that selected units of the Paris police are to receive assault rifles and shields resistant to Kalashnikov bullets as part of measures to fight terror in the aftermath of the deadly November 13 terrorist attack.
He said the weapons would enable police "to intervene as fast as possible to reinforce the first patrols, notably when we are confronted with mass killings." Until now, only elite units had access to such weapons.  

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