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France reshuffles police forces to avoid rivalries in crisis

  • French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, center, shakes hands with Jean-Michel Fauvergue, head of the RAID elite police squad, left, while Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the GIGN gendarme squad, looks on  in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, center, shakes hands with Jean-Michel Fauvergue, head of the RAID elite police squad, left, while Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the GIGN gendarme squad, looks on in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Members of the elite RAID police force listen to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, top,  in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Members of the elite RAID police force listen to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, top, in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Top elite police chiefs Jean-Michel Fauvergue (RAID), left, Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the GIGN gendarme squad, center, and Christophe Molmy (BRI) listen to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve  in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Top elite police chiefs Jean-Michel Fauvergue (RAID), left, Colonel Hubert Bonneau, head of the GIGN gendarme squad, center, and Christophe Molmy (BRI) listen to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

France is reorganizing its police special forces, responding to allegations that rivalries between the three major branches of law enforcement hampered the response to the attacks in November.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who has promised a response time of 20 minutes nationwide, confirmed that elite intervention forces will be deployed in all major cities. The announcement comes ahead of an exercise at Paris' Montparnasse station that will involve forces from the police, gendarmes and a separate SWAT-like unit known as the BRI. The exercise is intended to mimic a coordinated response to a mass killing like the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 dead.

The forces have traditionally been centered in Paris, and authorities warned that France was ill-prepared outside the capital as the Euro 2016 soccer championships approach.