Five years after Paris attacks, France back on maximum alert
France is reeling again from a wave of attacks since early September.
Five years after a squad of militant killers waged the deadliest attack during peacetime in modern-day France, Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday paid tribute to those killed, with the country once again on its highest security alert.
The militant suicide bombers and gunmen killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more in a series of coordinated attacks on entertainment venues on Nov. 13, 2015, in a night of bloodletting that etched a deep scar in the nation’s psyche.
Castex went first to the Stade de France, where the attack began with suicide blasts outside the stadium during a soccer match attended by then president Francois Hollande. He laid a wreath of flowers at the foot of a wall.
The assault also targeted cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall - sites which have been under a close police watch in the run-up to Friday’s anniversary.
France is reeling again from a wave of attacks since early September: a stabbing outside the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, the beheading of a history teacher who had shown his class cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and a deadly knife attack in a church in Nice.
“We face a double-edged threat: from outside, people sent from abroad, and a grave internal threat, people who are amongst us, our enemies within. Those threats are increasing,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told franceinfo radio.
The violence began with confrontations between Palestinian protesters ... READ MORE
Khan was responding to a question in a live tele-chat dubbed "Prime... READ MORE
Her sister-in-law Sherly Benny, who also works in Israel, confirmed... READ MORE
Shirley Rodrigues also keeps her job as the deputy mayor for... READ MORE
Abu Dhabi CP engages in cordial talks with leaders about the... READ MORE
The Dubai Ruler took to Twitter on Saturday to hail the country's... READ MORE
Doctors stress on the need to remain cautious. READ MORE
The National Center of Metereology on Saturday took to Twitter to... READ MORE