Two former executives at giant French cement manufacturers Lafarge and the head of its security – a former election candidate for Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National – have been formally placed under investigation for alleged “financing of terrorism”. It follows an investigation by French prosecutors into links between the French group – now merged with a Swiss firm – and jihadist groups such as Islamic State. In 2013 and 2014 the cement group maintained its activities in zones in Syria which were at the time controlled by IS and other armed factions. Fabrice Arfi, Michel Deléan and Julien Antoine report.
This third Mediapart investigation into the workings of the Islamic State group’s secretive “Amniyat” branch – in effect its intelligence and foreign operations unit –details the often quite sophisticated, and sometimes very amateurish, methods it employs. Here Matthieu Suc charts the development of the IS terrorist operations against European countries, its preparations for the massacres of civilians in Paris and Brussels, and the reconnaissance it carried out for attacks in the Netherlands and in Britain.
Interior minister Gérard Collomb says all the militants back from war zones in Iraq and Syria are subject to investigation by public prosecutors.
French interior minister was among mourners for Normandy priest who had his throat cut when two jihadists stormed his church during Mass.
Belgian police alerted French colleagues that Islamic State jihadists have left Syria with a set of targets to attack in Belgium and France.
Figures show little let-up in numbers joining Islamic State despite bombing of IS strongholds and crackdown by authorities within France.
The Islamic State group files of militants, obtained by German, UK and Syrian opposition media, reportedly identify thousands of jihadist recruits.
Women now make up more than a third of French citizens travelling to Iraq and Syria to join IS, up from just 10 percent in 2010.
The UNESCO World Heritage park, which attracts thousands of tourists, is being targeted by Malian jihadists say French officials.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks on Friday, November 13th. But why has the terror group made France its “principal target”, ahead of other states involved in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria? French journalist and author David Thomson, an expert on French jihadists, explains the background to Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux.
The trio, who include a 17-year-old boy and a former navy rating, allegedly planned to post video of the decapitation on the internet.
Malian police said among the 20 'presumed jihadists' arrested is a man wanted for an attack in March on a Bamako restaurant that left five dead.
A group has claimed that attacks near the city of Haditha in the west of Iraq were carried out by two Frenchmen.
Voluntary centre will aim to reintegrate young French citizens who return from conflict zones such as Syria but who do not face prosecution.
Officials say the seven men and a woman detained in the Paris and Lyon areas are not suspected of links to the Paris attacks of January 7th to 9th.