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28 January 2015

#StopJihadism: everyone on alert and taking action against Jihadism

Working together to take action against the terrorist threat and to combat Jihadist recruitment.
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On 7, 8, and 9 January, terrorism struck like never before in France. In three days, 17 lives were taken by barbaric acts. Despite major progress in the fight against terrorism, led at national level as well as on an international scale, this constantly evolving threat remains at a high level.

In order to pursue and strengthen its fight against the terrorist threat, the Government launched a dedicated website on 28 January., a website dedicated to preventing and fighting terrorism, is aimed at the general public, those close to young people on the path to radicalisation (teachers, associations) as well as young people themselves. An educational site that allows citizens to better understand the issues and the means to combat terrorism, and which provides practical tools (infographics, video testimonies, informational posters). The website has several objectives:
  • understanding: identify stakeholders, their objectives and the targets of the terrorist threat in order to better respond to it;
  • acting: raise awareness of the State's resources and actions concerning the fight against terrorism;
  • deciphering: understand the propaganda and manipulation techniques used by Jihadist recruiters;
  • mobilising: inform all citizens on how to behave in a threatening situation and in their day-to-day lives.

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The website is part of a set of measures to combat indoctrination and terrorism. These measures, deployed across the entire French territory, include in particular:
  • repressive action, with the reinforcement of the existing legislative system. The law of 13 November 2014 supplements and reinforces this existing anti-terrorism legislation. The new law provides in particular, under the supervision of the court, for a ban from leaving the country for legal adults who have been convinced they want to join terrorist groups. In order to adapt to the evolution of the terrorist threat, the legal structure and framework of police services and specialised courts have also evolved. A bill on intelligence will also be presented to the Council of Ministers, then to Parliament, in early March 2015.
  • dissuasive action: in order to stop individuals implicated in terrorist groups from travelling, the State has established a strategy of deterrence consisting in:
    - deporting foreign residents implicated in terrorist activities from France,
    - depriving French citizens of their passport or identity card,
    - allowing parents to prevent minors under their charge from leaving the territory,
    - systematising the practice of administrative interviews with detected and implicated individuals.
  • preemptive action: to prevent young Frenchmen and women from travelling to Syria or Iraq, France has implemented a comprehensive plan to combat terrorist networks and violent radicalisation since April 2014. This plan includes five strategic and complementary priorities to:
    - anticipate and prevent the departure of legal adults and minors,
    - dismantle the recruitment networks acting in France,
    - support and guide families,
    - communicate, inform, and train,
    - reinforce international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
  • A freephone number, +33 (0)800 00 56 96, available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, allows those with questions or worries about the possible indoctrination of close family members or friends to discuss these issues in detail, an essential step in establishing a diagnosis. At the end of this discussion, they are given advice on what to do and directed to the relevant services placed under the authority of the prefects in each department.

    A notification form, available online and intended for those wishing to report a troublesome situation or obtain information. These people will be systematically contacted.
The State has also developed a plan to combat radicalisation in prison, which notably includes placing violent radicalised detainees in a confinement or disciplinary block.
Combating radicalisation in prison

Finally, the Ministry of National Education has presented eleven measures. Among these, the Ministry will publish an operational booklet on preventing and fighting radicalisation phenomena designed for use by its staff. This document, drawn up in inter-ministerial consultation, complements the global initiative introduced by the Ministry of the Interior.

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