Keyword: security

France mobilizing 10,000 troops after deadly Paris attacks

Defence minister announces use of soldiers on home soil with 4,700 personnel deployed at France's 717 Jewish schools.

Paris attacks: President Hollande to hold security meeting

Meeting follows Sunday's massive marches but also comes amid questions over how militants known to authorities were able to launch deadly raids.

'Terror cells' said to have been 'activated' in France

Police source says officers were told to erase their social media presence and carry weapons at all times because of terror sleeper cell threat.

France closes its Yemen embassy over security alert

France joins with US, UK and Germany in a temporary closure of its Yemen embassy for several days from Sunday over 'very serious' security alert.

First gay couple wed in France amid tight security

Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau said "oui" in Montpellier just days after President Francois Hollande signed the same-sex marriage bill into law.

Lower hedges and no flat roofs: building a safer future on France's sink estates


According to a theory called situational crime prevention, crime levels can be reduced by using clever urban planning to minimise opportunities for would-be offenders. This idea has been widely adopted across the English-speaking world but has taken time to gain ground in France, where only since 2011 have the police been formally consulted over large-scale urban housing schemes. Nevertheless, many French cities did not wait for new laws to be voted to apply security criteria on their own territory. Louise Fessard reports.

Hollande steps up France security over Mali and Somalia

French president orders security to be stepped up around public buildings and transport because of military operations in Africa.

High-profile security firm accused of inflating workplace injuries to boost its taxpayer-funded budget


The security firm GPIS runs a much-envied service safeguarding many of Paris' most difficult social housing estates. But this flagship organisation, which has top-level political links and is funded with public money, stands accused of artificially increasing the number and extent of injuries suffered by its agents in the line of duty in order to increase its budget. Former and current staff also talk of a “climate of fear” and stress at the heart of the organisation and of a management culture that systematically encourages false witness statements in legal proceedings. Louise Fessard investigates.

Air France asks passengers to pay cash for Damascus refuelling stop

Crew of an Air France Paris-Beirut flight re-routed for security reasons to Damascus sought cash from passengers for refuelling to reach Cyprus.

France steps up protection of exiled Syrian opposition members

France moves to protect opponents of the Syrian government after threats against the main Syrian National Council, whose leader is based in Paris.

The UMP's shadowy Protection Group


Official campaigning for next year's French presidential elections will begin later this autumn, when most of the candidates will finally be declared. Before the flurry of mass rallies and local meetings kick off across the country, Mediapart has been looking at the shadowy security force that polices gatherings by President Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party. Its members include ex-servicemen from elite army units and former police officers, whose missions apparently go well beyond crowd security alone. Marine Turchi reports.