PARIS, France (CNN) – In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more young men and women are signing up to serve to defend the French nation.
At an army recruitment center, young men are signing up
“I wanted to join already,” 19-year-old Xavier Sophie said. “When I heard about the attacks it motivated me even more.”
A few miles from last Friday’s attack men and women were lining up to find out if they’ve got what it takes. Recruiters are busier than ever.
“Today I have received three times the number of completed forms than I would normally by Friday afternoon, said Chief Sargent Nicola, a recruitment officer.
The writing on the wall in the recruiting office says, “France’s people need protection.” The president says the country is at war and its citizens are listening.
“The numbers of people who have contacted us to be recruited has gone up dramatically since last Friday’s attacks,” said recruiting commanding officer Col. Bert.
Officers here say that this spike in recruitment has already exceeded those who came to sign up after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January and they add, all those that volunteered then stayed the course.
CNN’s question for the commander is simple: Can the French Army defeat DAESH?
“Of course,” Bert says.
The French soldier says he has a mission to fill and he will put all his energy into fulfilling his mission. A mission that will have more firepower, if needed, in the wake of last week’s barbaric attack.