Keyword: terrorism

French officials probe whether prison stabbings were terror attack

A 24-year-old man assaulted two prison guards with a makeshift knife, severely wounding one of them, according to French authorities.

Tight security as French pupils go back to school

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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.

Seven terrorist suspects arrested in France in August

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve gave few details of the arrests but said three of those arrested were preparing terrorist attacks.

Hotel bookings 'fall in France since terror attacks'

France's tourism industry reported a 10% drop in hotel bookings from January to July 2016, compared to a year before.

Cycling event in Nice cancelled over security fears

Next month's European Road Cycling Championships will not take place in the French city where 85 died in lorry attack on July 14th.

Death toll from Nice terror attack rises to 85

Pierre Hattermann, whose wife and son also died in the July 14th attack in the Mediterranean city, has succumbed to his injuries.

Armed French police start cross-Channel ferry patrols

French police spokesman said a 'permanent unit' had been deployed since Monday to carry out high-visibility patrols on passenger ferries.

French media begin blackout on identifying terrorists

Some French broadcasters and newspapers announce they will refrain from naming, or publishing photos of, terrorists so as not to contribute to  their 'glorification'.

French interior minister backtracks on Nice attacker profile

Bernard Cazeneuve, who on Friday sounded cautious note on jihadist motive for attack, said on Saturday that killer must have been 'radicalised very rapidly'.

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

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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.