terrorism

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

France — Link

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'

France — Link

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

France — Opinion

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Analysis

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Link

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

France — Analysis

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.