SAS-style cops on kill order for terrorists as Princess attends Rugby World Cup

An SAS-style unit focused on killing terrorists is on duty throughout the Rugby World Cup.

The GIGN – the National Gendarmerie Intervention Group – is ready to react to any threat, as the Princess of Wales attends England’s first game against Argentina in Marseille tomorrow (September 9).

Measures available include a laser anti-drone system and facial recognition technology.

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France’s Interior Ministry has also introduced a “zero-delinquency philosophy”, as it hopes to restore confidence before next year’s summer Olympics in Paris.

A record 7,500 police focused on the France v New Zealand clash at the Stade de France – a stadium that was hit by Islamic State in 2015.

Three suicide bombers brought terror to an international football match, on a night when 130 people were killed across the French capital. Two women were also killed by a terrorist in Marseille in 2017.

An Interior Ministry spokesman said: “While there is no high risk of terrorist attack, it can never be ruled out.”

The GIGN is the elite police tactical unit of the National Gendarmerie of France.

Among its missions are counterterrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, critical site protection and targeting organised crime.

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