The response. After the terror of the knife attack in Nice, Emmanuel Macron summoned a defense council on Friday morning. “It was a question of mobilizing the internal and external intelligence services, describes Laurent Nunez, the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism. It was very operational, with real measures. No com. In practice, the number of soldiers in Operation Sentinel is increased from this weekend to 7,000 soldiers. 3,500 reservists of the gendarmerie are recalled and 3,500 mobile gendarmes will be assigned to securing places of worship, during this period of All Saints, and schools.
In Nice, 120 additional police officers will come as reinforcements. But the threat is not just national. “We go quickly from virtual hatred to real violence,” lamented, leaving, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. The protection of the embassies will be reinforced, in the face of the virulence of the reactions hostile to France in part of the Muslim world. The executive plans to communicate soon to these public opinions to reduce tensions.
In the opposition, we were quick to point the holes in the security racket. With a question: how was a young Tunisian able to enter the territory illegally less than a month ago to commit the irreparable? The head of the LR group in the Senate Bruno Retailleau denounced a link between “immigration that we no longer control” and “Islamization”. And Marine Le Pen to add: “We are taking measures which are extraordinarily restrictive for the freedoms of all French people because of the health crisis,” she recalled on BFMTV. I do not understand why we do not take measures which are extremely restrictive against the Islamists. “
This political offensive has not gone unnoticed within the executive. In the Defense Council, the order was passed to “intensify” the escapes to the border of S files in an irregular situation, by putting pressure on the prefects and on the States of origin to facilitate readmissions. At the same time, it was suggested to rely on the Covid tests requested at the entrance to the territory to more easily turn back certain people deemed suspicious. Translation, the border police can be particularly finicky. It could justify its refusal to let a person enter the territory by citing not sufficiently reliable health documents.
Arm wrestling with Twitter
“Emmanuel Macron had carefully bypassed this subject in his speech on separatism,” notes a prefect. But as the latest attacks were committed by foreigners, the debate returns to this area. Especially since the assassin went through the Italian island of Lampedusa, where Marine Le Pen had made a publicized trip. “
In the process, the Head of State invited a dozen ministers to lunch to advance on the bill against separatism. Officially, the text is being “finalized”. Except that important points remain unanswered, such as the creation of a “separatism offense”. If the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin is in favor, several voices are opposed to it, deeming it incantatory or too weak legally to pass the test of the Constitutional Council.
All levels of combat are in motion. In the afternoon, Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti organized a videoconference with his European counterparts to fight against cyber-hate. For his part, the Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O, continued to scrape with the Twitter network. The day before, he had obtained the deletion of a message from the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, explaining that Muslims had the right to kill “millions of French”. The government would now like to have the account deleted.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr