Keyword: terrorism

Fears after Nice massacre of more loner attacks

After IS claim role in Nice truck attack, the BBC's Paris correspondent points to new danger of 'neighbourhood' loners who fall prey to jihadist propaganda. 

How France lobbied EU to toughen anti-terror laws

By
The European Parliament. © Reuters The European Parliament. © Reuters

The influential Civil Liberties committee of MPs at the European Parliament has just agreed on a draft counter-terrorism directive for the European Union. Mediapart can reveal that the content of the text has been considerably influenced by Paris, which has been keen to include measures already adopted in France in recent years. These include a new crime of glorifying or praising terrorism, blocking access to websites and boosting the number of surveillance tools. Jérôme Hourdeaux reports.

France's new intelligence structure - how would it work?

Report authors says November attacks could have been avoided if existing agencies had communicated better and not overlapped in function.

Call to overhaul French intelligence services

In the wake of the 2015 Paris attacks, parliamentary commission says different services should be merged into a single counter-terrorism agency.

French beach police to be armed this summer

Decision to arm 100 of around 300 officers who patrol beaches follows the shooting of two police officers in suburb of Paris earlier this month.

US State Department warns of terror threat at Euro 2016 in France

The US travel alert warns of dangers of attacks throughout Europe this summer, and notably at the Euro 2016 games lasting from June 10th to July 10th.

EgyptAir crash 'more likely' to be terror attack than technical failure

Greek TV report of what could be airplane debris spotted in sea near where plane vanished from radar about 174 miles off Egyptian coast.

'France aware of imminence of Abaaoud attacks' claims press report

Le Parisien, citing intelligence documents, said France began bombing Syria last September to hit IS camp of Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Anthropologist Scott Atran on why Islamic State is a wider threat than realised

By

Anthropologist Scott Atran, a research fellow with Oxford University who also teaches at University of Michigan and John Jay College in New York, is a leading expert in the study of the motivations of those who join jihadist ranks and the rise of the Islamic State group, and advises governments and international organizations on the issue. In this interview with Joseph Confavreux, he argues that the draw of IS is widely misunderstood, is not limited to disenfranchised communities, and that the organization can only be overcome by a different military, political and psychological approach by Western nations.

France to boost number of troops in Ivory Coast

Move comes at time of growing regional terror threats and after Islamist attack on Grand Bassam beach resort in March that left 19 people dead.

Protests, violence and France's love-hate relationship with the police

A clash during a protest in Paris on April 10th, 2016. © Jérôme Chobeaux A clash during a protest in Paris on April 10th, 2016. © Jérôme Chobeaux

There have been claims of police brutality during some of the many protests that have taken place in France in recent weeks against labour law reforms. Yet the police have also been applauded by sections of the public for their role in dealing with terrorist attacks over the past year or so. Meanwhile police officers themselves increasingly resent being painted as defenders of unpopular policies such as the employment law proposals. Matthieu Suc reports on the evolving role of the forces of law and order.

Minister urges elite French police units to end rivalries

Following November 13th Paris attacks, interior minister wants greater cohesion between gendarmes, national police and Paris police.

Minister's claim of '100 Molenbeeks' in France sparks debate

Linking of notorious district of Brussels to France is welcomed by political right but others dispute link between poverty and radicalisation.

French girls, 15 and 17, arrested for concert hall terror attack 'plot'

Paris prosecutor's office confirmed the arrests but gave no details of where the teenagers live, their identities, or where they were arrested.

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

By

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.