Keyword: terrorism

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

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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

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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.

French schools 'allow smoking on grounds' because of terror threat

Union representing head teachers and senior staff says students massing on the street constitutes even higher risk than that posed by tobacco.

Thousands rally in Paris against extension of state of emergency

Up to 20,000 people brandishing slogans such as 'state of emergency-police state' marched against a measure they say curbs human rights.

Hollande defiant after IS release video of Paris attackers

President says threats will not weaken French resolve after video shows attackers training, beheading and shooting captives in IS territory.

French president unveils memorial to victims of 2015 terrorism

François Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hildago dedicated a plaque to the 147 people who died at the hands of terrorists in France in 2015.

French MPs ponder return of 'national unworthiness' crime

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President François Hollande's socialist government has been at the centre of a political controversy since it announced that convicted dual-national terrorists would be stripped of French nationality. Many of its own supporters on the Left, including senior figures, are bitterly opposed to the idea. Now, as an alternative, some party MPs are suggesting a revival of the old offence of “national unworthiness”, which would entail the citizen concerned losing their civil rights and status, and which was last used at the end of World War II. Mathieu Magnaudeix explains.

Convicted French terrorists could be 'stateless' under planned law

Row over plans to strip all terrorists, not just dual nationals, of French citizenship, as critics say move breaches international accords.