Keyword: terrorism

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


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.

France awards Legion of Honour to victims and 'heroes' of terrorism

Out of the 600 recipients, twenty were involved in last year's fatal attacks in January and in a Thalys train attack later in August.

France 'not finished with terrorism' says President Hollande

Hollande said he was 'proud' of the 'solidarity and composure' shown by fellow citizens during year marked by deadly terrorist attacks.

France's Socialists split over plan to strip terrorists of nationality

Members of ruling party want key committee to rule that President Hollande and Prime Minister Valls's idea is against its principles.

French anti-terrorist police arrest woman with fake pregnant belly

The Muslim convert and her partner arrested in Montpellier are suspected of planning to use prosthetic device for a suicide attack.

French police arrest two men over 'foiled terror plot' in Orléans

Interior minister said the French pair were in contact with another Frenchman thought to be in Syria and behind the plot targeting police and army.

French war on terror: 2,500 searches but just two investigations

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve addressing the National Assembly on November 19th, 2015. © Reuters Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve addressing the National Assembly on November 19th, 2015. © Reuters

Following the French government's decision to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the November 13th terror attacks in Paris, the authorities have carried out 2,500 searches that did not require judicial approval, in the name of fighting terrorism. But so far these so-called administrative searches have led to just two preliminary investigations by the antiterrorism prosecution authorities in Paris and no one has been held in custody in connection with either of them. As Louise Fessard reports, a French parliamentary committee will report this week on the “abuses” carried out under the state of emergency.

Paris attacks ringleader 'directed Bataclan bombers by phone'

Witness saw 'agitated' Abdelhamid Abaaoud talking on his mobile close to concert hall where gunmen left 89 people dead, reveals terrorism expert.

Fights against climate change and terrorism linked says Hollande

French president said at Paris climate summit they are 'two big global challenges we have to face up to' and that: 'World peace is at stake in the talks'.

Paris terror attacks: death toll rises to 129, IS claims responsibility, arrests in Belgium

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At least 129 people died in the series of terrorist attacks in and around Paris on Friday evening, for which a statement purportedly from the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. Late on Saturday the Paris public prosecutor said 352 people were known to have been wounded, of whom 99 were in a serious condition. He added that police believe the terrorists were divided into three teams. Three men were arrested Saturday in Belgium in connection with the attacks. President François Hollande has ordered three days of national mourning. Mediapart reports on the precise chronology of the Friday attacks and the latest information to emerge on Saturday.