French prime minister Manuel Valls has said that around 15,000 people are now being monitored for radicalisation as France works against jihadist militants, foiling terror plots on a daily basis.
For example, a boy of 15 who had been under surveillance since April of this year was arrested at his Paris home on Saturday (September 10th), having been in touch with Rachid Kassim, a French member of Islamic State (IS), the BBC reports.
It’s thought that the boy had contacted IS using social media sites and that Kassim is able to target vulnerable people through their mobile phones. In addition, three women were also detained this week – including one 19-year-old – who were allegedly looking to carry out an attack on a railway station in Paris using a car and numerous gas cylinders.
Speaking to French media outlets, Mr Valls said: “Today the threat is at a maximum and we are a target. Every day intelligence services, police, foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists. There are about 15,000 people in France who are monitored, because these people are in the process of radicalisation. There will be new attacks. There will be innocent victims.”
Since the attacks on Paris that took place in November last year that saw 130 people killed, France has been in a state of emergency. Yet a commission of inquiry found that this was only having a limited impact on security in the country.
Work is being done to keep people safe in the country, of course. For example, schoolchildren in the region from as young as three are being taught how to keep quiet in the event of a terrorist attack, with each school organising three practice drills every year. And those aged between 13 and 14 will be trained on basic life-saving measures.
According to the Daily Telegraph, over 3,000 reserve gendarmes are set to be mobilised in order to protect the millions of children returning to school this month, with interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirming that special attention will be given to educational establishments throughout the year in order to ensure the safety of children in France.
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