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.
The November Paris attacks fugitive, arrested in Brussels on Friday, told Belgian police he had 'wanted to blow himself up' at football match.
Samy Amimour, 28, one of three gunmen who killed 90 people at the Bataclan theatre, was reportedly buried in a Paris suburb on December 24th.
The number of jobless in France rose by 27,400 in November to total a record 3.488 million, representing a 5.8% rise over the past year.
After a dip in October, November unemployment figures show a 17,800 rise while government insists pledge to see reversal by 2014 is on track.