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Fight against terrorism

Published on November 21, 2014
Replies by M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, to questions in the National Assembly (excerpts)

Paris, November 18, 2014

You ask me to give an update on the French government’s action in the fight against terrorism and you refer to the absolutely vile, despicable images of the murders committed at the weekend – images of the beheading not just of hostage [Peter] Kassig but of Syrian soldiers too.

Firstly, we are determined to prevent these acts of barbarism. This is why we’ve set up a platform for people to report information, leading to the mobilization via prefects and public prosecutors, on French territory, of all France’s government departments so that these young nationals do not succumb to their temptation of falling in with terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

We are also taking preventive measures by bringing in, under the act passed by a large majority in Parliament, an official ban on leaving French territory; this ban prevents our nationals from becoming part of these terrorist groups and committing despicable crimes such as those of which images were released only recently.

We are also taking preventive measures by proposing that, under the control of the administrative judge, websites and blogs inciting terrorism are blocked, since 90% of those who join terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria leave because of propaganda put out on the Internet.

We also want to render harmless those who return by creating a new offence – that of an individual terrorist undertaking – so that judges can bring within the jurisdiction of the courts all situations arising when terrorists return.

Finally, we are cooperating internationally by trying, with the European Union interior ministers, to set up the PNR, deepen Schengen and monitor these jihadists when they return to our countries so as to be able to render them harmless.

That’s what France is doing. (…)./.

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