The French interior minister has warned the country is still facing a very high threat from terrorism as warped jihadis are “even more determined” to launch a harrowing attack.
Gérard Collomb said the danger still remains high for France following the attack, which took place on November 13, 2015, but the interior minister added the country is now “prepared” for another jihadi assault.
Mr Collomb said: “The terror threat to France remains very high. This is – in part – because Islamic State’s territorial losses in Iraq and Syria have made their France-based followers even more determined to launch attacks on home soil.”
He told Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) a number of “smallish” terror cells were probably planning “violent attacks” in France, but that the fact that the cells were operating independently of one another made it easy for their members to “fly under the radar”.
ISIS-inspired jihadis killed 130 and wounded dozens more during a series of coordinated attacks across Paris.
The terror attack, the deadliest in France’s recent history, plunged the country into mourning and marked the start of a two-year state of emergency, which was lifted less than two weeks ago.
Mr Collomb said: “November 13 was the first mass shooting incident in France – it was designed to cause maximum causalities. We never thought that an attack of that scale could happen. But we are now fully prepared for another Paris-style attack.
“We’ve since stepped up the fight against terrorism. We’ve increased intelligence spending and increased police presence on the streets. Counter-terrorism officials are now in close contact with their European counterparts.
“We’ve also gotten better at identifying and thwarting potential threats.”
An overwhelming majority of French people – 92 per cent – think the terror threat to France is “high”, according to an Ifop opinion poll for the JDD published on Sunday.
Forty-three per cent of respondents told Ifop pollsters that the threat was “very high”, while 49 per cent said that the threat was “quite high”.
Only eight per cent of those polled said the terror threat was “low”.
A total of 984 people were polled between November 9-10.