terrorism

Three placed under investigation over failed bombing of Paris building

France — Link

France's senior anti-terrorism prosecutor François Molins said on Friday that three men, two of whom security services have identified as 'radicalised Islamists', are to be placed under investigation for their suspected role in attempting to set off a bomb in a wealthy Paris district last Saturday, but that the reason they targeted the apartment building in the capital's 16th arrondissement remained unclear.

Brother of Toulouse terrorist Merah stands trial for 'complicity'

France — Link

The trial of Abdelkader Merah, 35, accused of aiding his younger brother Mohamed Merah during the latter's nine-day spree of killings of seven people, including soldiers and Jewish children, in and around the southern French city of Toulouse in March 2012, opened in Paris on Monday.

The covert operations behind Islamic State's terror campaign in Europe

International — Investigation

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.

Two arrested in Paris suburb in counter terrorism raid

France — Link

French judicial sources have confirmed that police have arrested two people on Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Villejuif where gas bottles and other components that can be used to make TATP explosives of the type used in recent terrorist attacks in France, Britain and Belgium were found in their flat.

The dark world of the Islamic State group's secret services

International — Investigation

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) last week claimed responsibility for the attacks in Spain that left 15 people dead and more than 100 injured, part of a long and murderous terror campaign it has led across Europe. Behind the terrorist operations lies a branch of the IS which acts as the jihadists’ secret services, and which has been constructed in the image of the very countries it attacks. An eight-month investigation by Mediapart reveals the history and the methods employed by this shady organization that is a pillar of the IS structure. Matthieu Suc reports.

Arrested suspect in Paris atack on soldiers 'is Algerian national'

International — Link

French media reports said the 36-year-old, who was seriously wounded during his arrest by armed police in northern France hours after six soldiers were mowed down by a car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, is an Algerian national living close to the French capital who was unknown to French security services but who had a record of petty crime.

Counterterror force for West Africa stalled by US-France feud

International — Link

France wants to bolster efforts to fight terrorism in West Africa with a UN-backed force but Washington doesn’t want to get stuck with the bill.

Paris condemns London attack as two French nationals injured

France — Link

At least two French citizens have been injured in the terror attack in London on Saturday night, one of them seriously.

Exclusive: Macron speaks out on Trump, Putin, Palestine, Syria, and the Greek debt

International — Interview

Emmanuel Macron, who was elected as France’s new president on Sunday, gave his last interview before his landslide victory to Mediapart, in which he detailed the measures and policies he would adopt over his five-year term of office. During the two-hour interview on Friday evening, he detailed his approach to a number of foreign policy issues - which were little mentioned during his campaign - including French military intervention abroad, his views on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Greek debt crisis, and US reluctance to implement the Paris COP 21 measures to combat climate change.

Security issues at the fore as France goes to urns

France — Link

As voting in the first of a two-round presidential election begins in France on Sunday, the shootings in central Paris on Thursday which left one police officer dead and two others wounded, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, terrorism has led the agenda of the closing campaigns, notably among rightwing candidates.  

Two arrested in Marseille over suspected election terror attack plot

France — Link

Two men of French nationality aged 23 and 29 were arrested Tuesday morning in the southern city of Marseille when, according to the French interior minister, bomb-making chemicals and weapons were found in what the authorities suspect was a plan to launch a terrorist attack during this weeks French presidential election campaigning.

Orly airport attacker 'wanted to shoot travellers'

France — Link

Chief Paris public prosecutor François Molins said the man who attacked a military patrol at Paris' Orly airport on Saturday morning before being shot dead said he told the soldiers he wanted to die 'in the name of Allah' and that 'whatever happens, there will be deaths'.

Orly airport shooting: what we know so far and live updates

France — Link

Orly airport, where about 3,000 people were evacuated Saturday morning after a man who attacked a military security patrol was shot dead, began returning to normal sevice late in the day; the father and brother of the assailant, 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French national with a string of convictions for violent crime and who the French authorities report became close to radical Islamist movements in prison, were taken into custody for questioning.  

Man shot dead at Orly airport was known to intelligence services

France — Link

Orly airport was locked down Saturday morning when a 39-year-old man monitored by French anti-terrorsim services was shot dead after disarming a woman soldier on a security patrol in the 'South' terminal with two colleagues.

Four teenage girls detained in France for allegedly plotting attacks

France — Link

Three minors and an 18-year-old allegedly discussed planning ‘violent actions’ over Telegram messaging app, Paris prosecutor’s office said.