This weekend, French police thwarted yet another terrorist attack - this after they had already stopped a group of women terrorists from attacking the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. Writing at The Times of Israel, Elaine Ganley reports on France's problem with terrorism, including its Prime Minister's admission that 15,000 of its people are in the process of becoming radicalized:
French police have arrested a 15-year-old boy at his Paris home to thwart what they feared was a planned weekend attack, as the prime minister warned on Sunday some 15,000 people in the country could be in the process of being radicalized.
The arrest of the teenager on Saturday came two days after police moved in on what the Paris prosecutor says was a group of female “commandos” arrested after an aborted attack at Notre Dame Cathedral and another possible attack. Those arrested included a 15-year-old girl, the daughter of one of three women arrested south of Paris...
France is in a state of emergency after three attacks this year, including the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed 86 people. That followed two waves of attacks last year, notably the Nov. 13 attacks on restaurants, bars, a concert hall and stadium that left 130 people dead.
News of the arrest came shortly after Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday that “every day attacks are foiled … (including) as we speak.”
Valls said nearly 15,000 people in France are being tracked because they are suspected of being in the process of radicalization, while 1,350 are under investigation — 293 of them for alleged links to a terrorism network.
“Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target,” Valls said on Europe 1 radio. “Every day intelligence services, police foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists.”
Despite the tracking, with plots uncovered, “There will be new attacks. There will be innocent victims...”