Keyword: security

Tight security as French pupils go back to school

School security: interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. © Reuters School security: interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve and education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem. © Reuters

Pupils in France go back to school this week amid ever-greater security and against the backdrop of a constant threat of terrorism. The education minister and the interior minister have held a joint press conference to outline the unprecedented measures that are being taken to ensure the safety of children at school. As Faïza Zerouala reports, the authorities have to strike a careful balance between ensuring educational establishments are prepared for a terrorist attack and avoiding causing anxiety among younger pupils.

British minister in France for security talks

UK's home secretary to have scheduled talks on security with French counterpart amid calls for British border controls in Calais to be reviewed.

France increases security around Lourdes for national pilgrimage

Authorities even considered cancelling the Mass and procession next Monday at Catholic site of pilgrimage after recent terror attacks in France.

Historic French street market cancelled over security fears

Mayor said move to cancel famous 'Braderie de Lille' - which attracted 2.5 million people in 2015 - was prompted by 'risks we cannot address'.

France launches probe into policing on night of Nice attack

Amid criticism from local political figures, the government orders police inquiry to establish security in place on July 14th when 84 died in truck attack.

France beefs up security ahead of Euro 2016 final

Officials say police will patrol Stade de France stadium and fan zones in central Paris but rule out a victory parade if France win.

Euro 2016 football tournament terror fears focus on fan zones

Security will be especially tight at the official fan zone at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where up to 90,000 fans at a time can assemble.

Tour de France riders to be protected by elite anti-terror police

Special operations gendarmes, the equivalent of Britain’s SAS, will be among 23,000 police deployed to combat terror threat at July's race.

Sports stadium security ‘failures’ cast shadow over Euro 2016 in France

Police chief admits that security 'broke down' during football cup final at Stade de France north of Paris, just weeks before start of tournament.

Paris airport workers in the spotlight after EgyptAir crash

But aviation expert says security breach at Charles de Gaulle airport would be 'completely incredible' as it has the 'highest standards' in world.

Euro 2016: France to declare no-fly zones and deploy anti-drone technology

French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.

French prime minister calls for tighter border security

Manuel Valls urged extra vigilance to stop people entering Europe on false passports as IS has 'stolen a large number of passports in Syria'.

France boosts army reservist numbers to help in home security

France launches recruitment drive for 12,000 extra reservists to help with security operations around the country following 2015 terrorist attacks.

France nuclear incident 'worse than reported'

German media quote expert as saying 2014 incident at Fessenheim plant near German border was unique occurrence in Western Europe.

The triple menace of Hollande's reform of the French constitution


French MPs this week voted in favour of the government’s proposed reforms of France’s constitution, which include enshrining into fundamental law state of emergency powers and the stripping of French nationality from convicted terrorists. The highly controversial bill will next month be debated by the Senate, and must finally be presented to an extraordinary ‘Congress’ meeting of both houses. Mediapart editor François Bonnet argues here that the proposed reform of the constitution carries a triple menace that threatens the heart of French democracy, the future of the socialist party, and also President François Hollande's ambition to gain a second term of office.