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PARIS – 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.