Sep 20 2010
“It is only a matter of time before Islamic terrorists mount a successful attack on France,” says top spy.
METRO The recent burka ban means all the ‘red lights are now flashing’ in regard to a possible atrocity, domestic intelligence boss Bernard Squarcini said.
Speaking after the evacuation of the Eiffel Tower last week following a bomb scare, Mr Squarcini warned: ‘France’s role in Afghanistan, its foreign policy and the debate over the law banning the burka have all increased the risk.’
He said security services foiled an average of two planned attacks every year, but added: ‘One day or another, we’re going to get hit. ‘The risk of a terrorist attack on French soil has never been higher and, objectively, there are reasons for worry.’
Leaders of al-Qaeda’s north African network have vowed revenge on France if it outlawed the full Islamic face veil from its streets. Muslim women have a six-month ‘grace period’ to adapt to the new burka rules without facing prosecution.
Meanwhile, security has been stepped up around Jewish institutions in Paris following the arrest of a suspected terrorist who planned to bomb an Israel defence forces fundraising event in the capital. There have been 47 attacks against synagogues, Jewish schools, creches and association buildings in France so far this year, and 190 threats.
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