Fight against terrorism: the government’s avenues after the Conflans attack


This is a key moment in the executive’s response. This Sunday, at 6 p.m., Emmanuel Macron met the Defense Council at the Elysee Palace to examine the measures concocted by the ministers in the emergency after the Islamist attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The instructions had been passed by the president, more than ever under pressure and expected to achieve concrete results: he wants “a very firm response”. Throughout the weekend, and until the last minute, meetings were chained in the ministries to prepare for this meeting at the palace in the rue du Faubourg-saint-Honoré.

In addition to a classic update on the situation and the evolution of the investigation – Jean-François Ricard, national anti-terrorism prosecutor was invited – a series of measures were expected on the table of this Defense Council. As teachers on the front lines of this tragedy are gripped by dread, the executive considers how to better protect the educational community. “Beyond the question of their physical security, there is a reflection on how to protect teachers more specifically and in particular to preserve their anonymity on social networks”, explains one at the Elysee.

Lift anonymity on social networks in the event of a threat

Social networks… They are a dark watermark, from the day Samuel Paty gave his course on freedom of expression at the college in Bois-d’Aulne, to the chilling one of his assassination. Objective of the executive, to improve the detection of “weak signals”, but also to succeed in preventing the dissemination and propagation of radical speeches on social networks. LREM deputy Laetitia Avia, whose law against online hatred was censored in June, is also working on a new version, sent to the government before the Defense Council.

According to our information, the Keeper of the Seals, Eric Dupond-Moretti, who received this Sunday morning face to face with his counterpart from the Interior Gérald Darmanin at the Chancellery for a work meeting, task, him, to find the levers that would make it possible to lift anonymity on social networks in the event of a threat.

Considering that the Minister of Justice is also that of “freedoms”, he is at the same time working on measures to preserve freedom of expression when it is hampered. Another counterpoint to the repressive component, it is also a question of determining “how to better incarnate the Republic in the places marked by the community withdrawal and separatism”, one argues at the Elysee, where one adds: “It is necessary that we have a guaranteed minimum republican offer, in particular access to culture, education, in the territories, and a counter-discourse opposing the propaganda offer that is pouring out on social networks . “

Upcoming control operations in radical circles

Friday evening, in Conflans, Emmanuel Macron had promised “rapid” acts. The emphasis should be placed, in the coming days, on control operations targeting structures or individuals revolving around the radical movement. During a meeting, which was held early Sunday afternoon, Gérald Darmanin called on the prefects for general mobilization, through immediate police and judicial actions. An intervention on the theme, fear must change sides. As revealed by Europe 1, the Minister of the Interior notably asked the prefects to expel 231 foreigners appearing in the FSPRT, the file of alerts for the prevention of terrorist radicalization. Darmanin wanted, moreover, and at the risk of making a part of the majority cough strongly, submit to the Defense Council a turn of the screw on the issuance of refugee status. What to set the tone.

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