French police site and theme park among terror suspects' targets

France — Link

Information about potential targets came from one of five people still in custody after weekend police raids in Marseille and Strasbourg.

Jihadist killer of police couple changed after prison, says ex-girlfriend

France — Link

In a radio interview, the unnamed woman said Larossi Abballa, 25, became 'distanced' and 'changed friends' after jail term for recruiting jihadists.

Belgium bomber identified as prison guard of IS held French hostages

France — Link

Najim Laachraoui, one of Brussels airport suicide bombers, was identified by French journalists kidnapped and held in Syria from 2013 to 2014.

French interior ministry mistakenly identifies man as terror suspect

France — Link

Widely-circulated and published photograph showing a young man with close-cropped hair is not terrorism suspect Reda Kriket.

The truth about deadly police raid on terror flat near Paris

France — Investigation

In the early hours of November 18th, 2015 officers from the French police's elite antiterrorism unit RAID staged an assault on a flat at Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. The operation led to the death of two terrorists who had carried out the attacks in Paris on November 13th. Mediapart has discovered that though the police claim they came under “sustained” fire during the assault, in fact the terrorists in the flat only fired eleven rounds, against more than 1,500 from police officers. Most of the shots sustained by the police came from their own officers. Matthieu Suc reports.

France warns of jihadist kidnap threats in Burkina Faso park

France — Link

The UNESCO World Heritage park, which attracts thousands of tourists, is being targeted by Malian jihadists say French officials.

EU ministers to discuss station scanners in wake of France train attack

France — Link

Interior ministers hold security summit in Paris to formulate co-ordinated response to threat of an atrocity on Europe’s rail networks.

Thwarted French jihadist put under formal investigation over church terror plot

France — Link

Student faces probe over 'murder and attempted murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise' over death of woman and church attack plot.

France's planned surveillance law: an attack on freedom

France — Opinion

The French government is rushing through a bill which will give wide-ranging powers to security and intelligence officials to snoop on the nation's citizens. The measure, dubbed by some the French version of America's Patriot Act, will allow spies to tap phones and emails without obtaining permission from judges. It will also allow agents to bug suspects’ homes with microphones and cameras and add covert software to their computers to track every letter and word they type. France's lower house of Parliament, the National Assembly, will hold its final vote on the draft legislation on May 5th. Though the government has sought to justify the proposed law as a necessary tool in the fight against terrorism, the surveillance bill has met with unanimous opposition from civil liberties groups, administrative bodies and the internet community. Editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel here explains why Mediapart is so passionately opposed to this “wicked” law and urges people to join the public protest against it which is planned for Monday May 4th.

Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo kills 12

France — Link

The victims, who include two police officers, were killed after hooded gunmen attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine.

French court convicts nine in Afghan terror network

France — Link

The men, three of them tried in their absence, were part of terrorist network that trained in Afghanistan and reportedly planned attacks in France.

Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

France — Link

Targets revealed in online messages between a 29-year-old French citizen and a 'senior member' of al-Qaeda offshoot group.

French ex-policeman captured waging jihad in Mali

International — Link

The 'ashamed' sister of an Algerian-born French jihadist captured in Mali says she hopes former gendarme will “pay dearly” for betraying his country.

French citizen among jihadists captured in Mali

International — Link

The man, who was fighting with the insurgents when captured by French troops, is likely to be repatriated to France to face terrorism charges.

Mali Islamists 'tougher than France anticipated'

International — Link

French troops' initial clashes have shown that the desert fighters are better trained and equipped than France had expected before intervention.