France to Deploy Undercover 'Marshalls' on Trains Due to Terror Threat

July 9, 2018
Armed, undercover anti-terrorism police, known as "train marshalls" will be present on SNCF rail services around France this summer in response to the ongoing threat from terrorism.

Officers from the elite GIGN unit of France's gendarmes military police will patrol train services during the summer weeks to counter the ongoing threat of terrorism in the country.

The so-called "train marshalls" are named after America's Air Marshalls, the officers stationed onboard flights in the US. The officres will be armed but dressed in plain clothes.

Their job will be to look out for anyone acting suspiciously and to intervene if needs be, although passengers are unlikely to notice them.

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