There is currently no viable alternative to Bashar Assad to prevent Syria from turning into a failed state, the new French president has said, departing from his predecessor’s position that the Syrian leader must be toppled to stabilize the war-torn country.
France has announced the creation of an umbrella task force which will coordinate the anti-terrorism efforts of all French intelligence services. The measure comes after a hammer attack near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday.
The fact that the French establishment rallied on the outcome of the election demonstrates that Macron is the French establishment's candidate, Gilbert Doctorow, political analyst, told RT. A number of other analysts and journalists join the discussion.
What impact could Thursday’s attack in Paris have in France coming so close to the presidential election? Are authorities doing enough to prevent this kind of incident given the suspect was reportedly known to police?
The man France alerted Belgian security services to as a possible suspect in the deadly Paris shooting has turned himself in to Belgian police in the city of Antwerp, France’s Interior Ministry spokesman said.
Hours since an assailant with a Kalashnikov killed a Paris police officer and injured three other people, French police have yet to name the suspect, despite saying he had been known to them. However, media outlets claim to have determined his identity.