Backtrack comes after a three-day Islamist killing spree in Paris left 17 people dead.

PARIS (AFP) - President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that France would slash 7,500 fewer military jobs than planned as part of steep defence cuts, following the jihadist attacks in Paris.

The government had initially announced it would cut just under 26,000 defence posts from 2015 to 2019 out of a total of 278,000 civilian and military employees.

The backtrack comes after a three-day Islamist killing spree in Paris left 17 people dead, putting France and neighbouring European countries on high alert.

This year alone some 7,500 military posts were due to be cut but this number will now be reduced to 6,000.