French PM and ministers during the anti-terrorism press conference
13 July 2018

Anti-Terrorism Plan: “In this fight, there can only be a single school, that of continuous improvement”

On 13 July 2018, the Prime Minister presented an action plan against terrorism to the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI). It comprises 32 measures organised into 5 major focuses and is fully in line with all the actions so far carried out by the Government, in particular the National Plan for the Prevention of Radicalisation presented last February.
 

Why a new plan? This one incorporates the adaptations required in the face of a continuously evolving threat. As Édouard Philippe pointed out, “terrorists are no longer remote-controlled [from] Syria; they now wear the faces […] of psychologically fragile individuals, either indoctrinated or self-radicalised, who get their hands on some basic weapon or other and decide, sometimes on the spur of the moment, to act on their impulses. They’re no easier to detect and have led us to adapt our measures accordingly”.

The Plan creates a Parquet National Anti-Terroriste (PNAT – National Antiterrorism Prosecution Service). The PNAT will be provided with a reinforced team of judges and civil servants. Its creation will be accompanied by appointment of public prosecutors responsible for antiterrorism at the most exposed local Public Prosecutors’ offices, so forming a pool of judges that can be mobilised immediately and effectively in the event of terrorist attacks. “We’re going to create a real antiterrorist territorial network at judicial level”, the Prime Minister stated.

5 focuses, 32 measures

Focus 1

Knowledge: “better understanding the terrorist threat and the way it is evolving”

Example: setup of a special unit for profiling perpetrators of terrorist acts and identifying factors that lead them to take action

Focus 2

Hindrance: “preventing action being taken on French soil”

Example: setup of a permanent unit for monitoring newly released prison inmates, tasked with monitoring terrorist detainees and ordinary criminals who have been radicalised by the time they come out of prison

Focus 3

Protection: “increasing levels of vigilance on the part of all actors in our society, public and private alike, and involving them further at all levels”

Example: setting up a think-tank on the use of artificial intelligence to combat terrorism

Focus 4

Repression

Example: in addition to creation of the PNAT, more in-depth training of judges, with the launch of a specialised counterterrorism course at the National School for the Judiciary (ENM) in November 2018

Focus 5

European action, “for a Europe that protects”

Example: Improving the effectiveness of rapid removal of illegal content on the Internet
 


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