The French government is to open specialist support centers for the victims of the various Islamic terror attacks which have rocked the country in recent years.
In a sign of the massive amount of damage done to France by the attacks, Juliette Méadel, a French junior minister, said that the “resilience” support centers would provide psychological help for those who had been affected in any way, including those who witnessed or were caught up in an incident.
The minister said the centers would be run by “qualified” volunteers including doctors, psychologists and child psychiatrists.
More than 230 people have been murdered by jihadists on French soil since January 2015, starting with the attack that month on the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. On that occasion, two gunmen killed 12 people and injured 11 others.
In November 2015, a further 130 people were slaughtered by terrorists in bombings and gun attacks across the French capital and 368 people were also injured.
And in July 2016, 84 people were killed in Nice when a jihadist drove a truck into crowds marking Bastille Day. Another 434 people were injured.
Ms Méadel told TV station Europe 1: “It will be a reception center for those who have been mentally or physically scarred in a terrorist attack and who are struggling to overcome their personal traumas. Both children and adults will have access to doctors and experts in post-traumatic stress, who will do their best to help them rebuild their lives.”
She added that children were most at risk of developing a mental illness caused by trauma, saying the distress would “follow them into adulthood” if left unaddressed.
France remains on high alert as a result of the attacks.