Francois Hollande says threat continues in France a year after Charlie Hebdo attacks

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande says what he calls a "terrorist threat" will continue to weigh on the country, which was struck a year ago by Islamic extremists.

See Full Article

On Jan. 7, 2015, two French-born brothers killed 11 people inside the building where the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo operated, as well as a Muslim policeman outside. Over the next two days, an accomplice shot a policewoman to death and then stormed a kosher supermarket, killing four hostages. All three gunmen died.

In a speech to police forces charged with protecting the country against new attacks, Hollande said the government was passing new laws and ramping up security, but the threat remained high.

Hollande especially called for better surveillance of "radicalized" citizens who have joined Islamic State or other militant groups in Syria and Iraq when they return to France.

"We must be able to force these people -and only these people- to fulfil certain obligations and if necessary to put them under house arrest ... because they are dangerous," he said.

Three police officers were among the 17 dead in the attacks last January, which ended after two days of bloodshed in the Paris region.

Hollande said officers die in the line of duty "so that we can live free."

Following the January attacks, the government announced it planned to give police better equipment and to hire more intelligence agents.

France has been on high alert ever since, and was struck again Nov. 13 by extremists dispatched by the Islamic State group.

Survivors of the January attacks, meanwhile, are continuing to speak out.

Cartoonist Laurent Sourisseau, the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo who is known as Riss, told France Inter radio "security is a new expense for the newspaper budget."

"This past year we've had to invest nearly 2 million euros to secure our office, which is an enormous sum," he said. "We have to spend hundreds of thousands on surveillance of our offices, which wasn't previously in Charlie's budget, but we had an obligation so that employees feel safe and can work safely."

After the attacks, people around the world embraced the expression "Je suis Charlie" to express solidarity with the slain journalists, targeted for the paper's caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

"It's a phrase that was used during the march as a sign of emotion or resistance to terrorism," Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Corinne Rey - known as Coco - told France Inter radio. "And little by little, I realized that 'I am Charlie' was misused for so many things. And now I don't really know what it means."

France remains under a state of emergency after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • ‘Fundamental flaw’ in our national security

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    How safe are our airports and can we trust the integrity of our national security institutions? These, and many questions are being raised after a stunning report out of Quebec found that a handful of employees at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport were ISIS supporters. Source
  • Credibility of witness in child abuse case questioned

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    An orphaned girl says her aunt forced her to eat enough chocolate and candy to make her sick, before making her eat her own vomit, a Calgary court heard. The shocking testimony of the first of three children alleging abuse at the hands of their Calgary aunt and uncle, their guardians following the 2006 deaths of their parents in a fiery car crash, continued with more horrific details Wednesday. Source
  • Nation of El Salvador bans all metals mining

    World News CTV News
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban. Environmentalists have noted that some other countries have enacted bans on strip mining, open-pit or heap-leaching techniques. Source
  • Attempted murder charge after vehicle shootings on three B.C. highways

    Canada News CTV News
    CHILLIWACK, B.C. - RCMP say a man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Chilliwack, B.C., as they investigate nearly two dozen truck shootings along three highways. Police say in a news release that 38-year-old Peter Kampos remains in custody and is believed to be from Ontario. Source
  • Court decision may open border to First Nation hunters from U.S.

    Canada News CBC News
    A new court ruling could make it impossible for the federal government to stop members of a First Nation who live in the U.S. from coming to B.C. to hunt, according to a former deputy minister of aboriginal affairs. Source
  • Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe co-operation

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Pledging co-operation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes. Source
  • PM stars on CBC

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Peter Mansbridge retires soon, but luckily CBC seems to have found its new face: Justin Trudeau. I know, I know, you haven’t been this excited since Hockey Night in Canada landed George Stroumboulopoulos. Justin stars in the Story of Us, our state broadcaster’s series celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. Source
  • Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump is joining her father's administration as an official employee. The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House. She said she has "heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity. Source
  • Quebec national assembly remembers Jean Lapierre a year after his death

    Canada News CTV News
    Quebec's political class remembered Jean Lapierre on Wednesday, one year after the former MP and TV commentator died in a plane crash. The national assembly adopted a motion commemorating the first anniversary of Lapierre's death and then held a minute's silence. Source
  • Is WWE plotting against sex tape wrestler Paige?

    World News Toronto Sun
    The prospective husband of wrestling superstar Paige — whose world has been shattered by a raunchy threesome sex tape — is darkly hinting the WWE is behind it. Two-time WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio — rumoured to be marrying Paige Wednesday — suggested on Instagram that an unnamed company is trying to destroy the body-slamming lovebirds. Source