To stop attacks more investment in preemptive intelligence work is needed instead of drowning in data about ordinary people. The security agencies should target those who should be under active investigation, says former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon.
French authorities have detained “some” and are investigating the rest of the 271 jihadi militants who are known to have returned after fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the country’s interior minister has revealed, adding, that the terrorist threat in France remains “very high.”
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?