Policemen patrol over the "Wiener Christkindlmarkt" Christmas market in Vienna on Dec. 20, 2016, as security measures are taken after a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market. / AFP / APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER
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Security was beefed up at Christmas markets across Europe after a lorry ploughed through a market in Berlin killing 12 people and heightening security fears at the onset of the holiday season.President Francois Hollande said France was under a "high level of threat" following the events in Berlin but pointed out that the country already has a large-scale security operation in place.France's best-known Christmas market in the picturesque eastern city of Strasbourg has been a particular concern for security forces for years, with at least two jihadist cells in the city being broken up in the past few years.In Austria, a traditional home of the Christmas market, authorities said security would be stepped up around such sites.
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