‘French in­tel­li­gence has grow­ing list of sus­pected rad­i­cals’

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

PARIS (AP) — France’s do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence chief says nearly 18,000 peo­ple are on French watch lists for rad­i­cal­ism, a grow­ing fig­ure.

Lau­rent Nunez, head of the DGSI agency, is also warn­ing that the Is­lamic State (IS) group’s re­treat in the Mid­dle East “doesn’t weaken the level of threat” or di­min­ish the ex­trem­ists’ abil­ity to in­spire vi­o­lent at­tacks in the West via pro­pa­ganda.

Speak­ing on RTL ra­dio yes­ter­day, he said “the wish of the IS group and al-Qaeda to launch an at­tack is in­tact,” though the cur­rent risk to France comes from home­grown ex­trem­ists in­stead of those who come from for­eign war zones.

Nunez said that of the nearly 18,000 on watch lists, some 4,000 are un­der ac­tive sur­veil­lance. A num­ber of peo­ple who have car­ried out at­tacks in France in re­cent years had pre­vi­ously been flagged for rad­i­cal­ism.

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