The terrorist threat level in France remains high

PARIS, 24 Dec. /Offset. TASS Mikhail Timofeev/. The terrorist threat remains at a high level in recent months in France. The head of the French police chief Jean-Marc Falcone said in an interview published in the weekly newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

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“French intelligence services analyze daily level of terrorist threat. For many months it remains very high in France and in other European countries participating in the international coalition leading the fight against grouping “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia – approx. TASS),” – said the head of the French police.

He emphasized that “unfortunate experiences in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in nice and Berlin, points to the need for a powerful mechanism to ensure security at various events, and it should include both a measure of active and passive nature”. “The Berlin attack reminded all French prefects, should reassess existing sources of danger, to check how well protected all the Christmas markets and Christmas masses in the churches,” added Jean-Marc Falcone.

The head of the French police pointed out in this regard, the need to establish barriers against the penetration of machinery, carrying out checks at the entrance to the territory of the souks and in the Church, personal inspection of people and their hand baggage by the police and employees of private security agencies. However, Falcon said that “no formal indication that the terrorist threat has intensified in the Christmas holidays”. “However, any event with mass participation of people associated with certain risks,” he said. “In some French cities these days not only the ordinary police will be ready to take immediate action against terrorists, but also special units of the gendarmerie”, – said the head of the French police.

The cooperation with Germany

Answering the question about the level of cooperation with German security agencies FAL confirmed that France “daily and actively cooperates with German and Italian services.” To the question regarding what steps are being taken to determine whether a terrorist Anis Amri after the terrorist attack in Berlin, visited the French territory, Falcon said that “the Prosecutor of Paris requested the anti-terror legal control of the police conduct in this regard, a thorough scan to find out was whether the terrorist in France”.

The terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin

The attack in Berlin was committed on the evening of December 19 when the tractor-trailer, which, as expected, was ruled by a terrorist Anis Amri, entered the territory of the Christmas fair. In result, 12 people were killed, 48 were hospitalized. Responsibility for the attack claimed by ISIS. Amri was subsequently liquidated in Milan law enforcement.

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