France's defense minister is trying to recruit thousands more people to join the military reserve to boost anti-terrorism and other defense capacities.

Jean-Yves Le Drian says the military is aiming to increase the number of reservists from 28,000 today to 40,000 by 2018. The idea would be to have 1,000 reservists available on any given day able to deploy around the country.

"More than ever, we need reservists to confront the terrorist threat, unprecedented in scale and shape, weighing on national territory," he said in a speech Thursday.

The move is part of expanded defense spending announced since Islamic extremist attacks last year around Paris that killed more than 100 people. France remains under a state of emergency since the most recent attacks in November.