Keyword: January

How Europe has allowed terrorists child's-play access to a devastating arsenal

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The terrorist attacks in Paris last year were back in the headlines this weekend after the arrest in Belgium of Salah Abdeslam, wanted for his part in the November 13th shooting and bombing massacres in the French capital. Those attacks, like the shootings carried out at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Paris kosher store in January 2015 demonstrate the ease with which terrorists can acquire reactivated weapons, notably from Eastern Europe. In partnership with eight other European media organisations grouped in a collective project, European Investigative Collaborations, Mediapart exposes here how the European Union has turned a blind eye to the trafficking of improperly deactivated military weapons, as illustrated by the history of one such weapon used to murderous effect in Paris. Fabrice Arfi, Karl Laske and Matthieu Suc report.

Revealed: the link between the 2010 and 2015 terror plots against the Paris Bataclan

By Philippe Cohen-Grillet
A bullet impact on a wall close to the Bataclan theatre. © Reuters A bullet impact on a wall close to the Bataclan theatre. © Reuters

Of the 130 people killed by gunmen and suicide bombers during the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, the single worst toll was at the siege of the Bataclan theatre and music hall which left 90 people dead. It has since emerged that the Bataclan was already the target of a jihadist plot in 2010, while France’s justice minister has dismissed any connection between that and the massacre in November. Mediapart has obtained access to a Belgian police report sent to their French colleagues in 2011 which clearly identifies the close links between the main suspect in the 2010 plot and the French jihadist who fronted the Islamic State group’s video claiming responsibility for the November attacks.

Air France staff strike planned for late January

Members of the airline's CGT union, mostly groundstaff, are called on to strike on January 28th against the company's plans of layoffs and outsourcing.

Nine months on, Charlie Hebdo fraught by infighting and resignations

The January terrorist attacks in which 11 people died at the satirical weekly's offices has left uncertain future for divided and fatigued survivors.

Two placed under investigation over links to Paris kosher store killer

The men, aged 25 and 33, are suspected of involvement in terrorist activity with Amedy Coulibaly, who shot dead four hostages in the January attacks.

French jobless total falls slightly in January

In the first drop since August 2014,  the number of people without work fell 19,100 to 3,481,600, down 0.5 percent month on month.

French inflation turns negative for first time since 2009

French consumer prices in January fell year-on-year by 0.4%, with energy costs dropping 7.1% and prices of manufactured goods down 1.4%.

Widow of Paris kosher store gunman 'interviewed' in IS magazine

In the latest edition of its French-language magazine, Islamic State presents Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, as being present with the group in Syria.

French unemployment figure rises slightly in January

Official figures for January show a 0.3% month-on-month rise in number of jobless, bringing the total of registered unemployed to 3.316 million.