'High level of vigilance' France on alert over terror threat

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'High level of vigilance' France on alert over terror threat

Mr Darmanin told French radio station RTL on Wednesday: “France is very threatened, all French people are.” He added: "We are now probably fairly w

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Mr Darmanin told French radio station RTL on Wednesday: “France is very threatened, all French people are.” He added: “We are now probably fairly well protected against attacks of the November 13 type, that is to say, organised from abroad, even if anything can happen. On the other hand, there are endogenous threats, like someone taking a knife, going somewhere and committing an attack in the name of a religion.”

This warning against home-grown terrorism comes a week after the trial begins in Paris of the perpetrators of the November 13 attacks, which shocked French citizens across the country in 2015.

The November 13 killings were France’s worst terrorist attacks in the country’s history, leaving 130 people dead and over 400 injured.

The terrorists targeted the Bataclan music hall, various bars and restaurants, and the Stade de France around central Paris and Saint-Denis.

More than 1,000 police will be present as security for the trial, which is France’s largest-ever criminal trial.

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In addition to religious terrorism, the Minister of the Interior warned on RTL about the risk of ‘survivalist’ terrorism.

He said: These are “people who think the end of the world is approaching and therefore more speed is needed.

“We have already prevented attacks by these people who were about to take action.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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