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29 June 2015

Against terrorism: France is doing everything in its power

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the victim of the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (Isère) attack and to all victims of terrorism. The Government is taking all necessary measures to deal with the terrorist threat. 7,000 military personnel have been deployed as part of Operation Sentinelle and the Vigipirate national security alert system has been raised to "attack alert" level in the Rhône-Alpes region.

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Having been invited by media channels Europe 1, iTélé and Le Monde, on 28 June the Prime Minister paid tribute to Hervé Cornara, the victim of the attack in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (Isère), and to all victims of terrorism. On 26 June he said that no nation is spared from the indiscriminate threat and atrocities of terrorists and that his thoughts were with the victims in Isère and in Tunisia.

One priority: protecting French people

The Vigipirate Plan was raised to "attack alert" level in the Rhône-Alpes region for three days to enable the necessary checks to be performed. The Vigipirate alert level had been raised right across the region since the January attacks and over 10,000 military personnel have been deployed to protect vulnerable points, in support of the police and gendarmerie.
Operation Sentinelle was placed on a more permanent footing in late April, with 7,000 military personnel on long-term deployment. In 2012, the Government decided to recruit 500 new police officers and gendarmes per year, and 2,680 additional jobs will be devoted to act against terrorism over the next three years.

Measures required against terrorism

In April 2014, the Government decided on an action plan to combat jihadist networks and radicalisation.
The law was tightened up:

  • A ban on French citizens leaving the country to take part in terrorist activities abroad was introduced. Their passports and identity cards are confiscated for a period of six months, renewable for two years.
  • A ruling on the blocking of websites that incite acts of terrorism was published. To date, access to 23 websites has been blocked under this measure. A ruling allowing them to be delisted in search engines was published on 4 March.
  • The law reinforces the clampdown on advocating terrorism and the incitement of acts of terrorism. Magistrates have already issued immediate minimum prison sentences for advocating terrorism.

More than 3,000 people are currently under surveillance. The intelligence law, adopted on 24 June 2015, takes account of the reality of the threat and the methods used by terrorist networks. France was one of the last Western democracies not to have a comprehensive and consistent legal framework governing the activities of its information services. The law fills this gap and improves monitoring of individuals who may be using the internet to prepare for acts of terrorism. The aim is to identify these individuals more easily and neutralise them more quickly.
The Government has also made preventing radicalisation a priority:

  • Since April 2014, the plan against violent radicalisation and terrorist networks has enabled worried parents to prevent their children leaving the country by reporting them to the authorities. It takes account of individual circumstances and families’ need for support.
  • The Government is eliminating radicalisation in prison: five prison wings aimed specifically at radicalised prisoners will be created based on a trial conducted at Fresnes prison; the number of Muslim chaplains will be increased and they will be given extra training.
  • A website devoted to preventing jihadist propaganda,, was launched on 28 January 2015. The site is aimed at the general public, the friends and family of young people who are becoming radicalised (teachers, community organisations, etc.) and the young people themselves.

"We must help Tunisia"

Concerning the attack in Sousse, Tunisia, the Prime Minister reiterated that Tunisia will always be able to count on France. "The ties between our two countries are fraternal ties", he said. "We are prepared to step up our security cooperation, particularly to ensure that the border with Libya is better protected." 3,500 soldiers have already been deployed throughout the Sahel. France is also ready to help Tunisia economically. In 2013, President Hollande announced a 500-million-euro aid plan for the country, "which ensured the success of its democratic revolution".

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