A LOOK over some of the news headlines from France.
France's state of emergency could lead to abuses, say human rights groups
Human rights groups have warned that the state of emergency decreed in France after the Paris terrorist attacks could lead to abuses and must be closely monitored.
Instances of armed police breaking down front doors with battering rams in the middle of the night, searching homes, handcuffing residents and placing people under house arrest without warrants or judicial oversight have multiplied in the two weeks since the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and injured more than 300.
Europe is unarmed against jihadists
In a televised comment, much circulated on social networks, the former head of the anti-terrorism section of Paris’ criminal court, Marc Trévidic, explained that “the jihadists we arrested after the attack on Charlie only said one thing: IS dreams about attacking France. One of them even said that they had asked him to attack during a concert”. What’s more, according to Trévidic, “IS has many, too many people” ready to commit suicide bombings in France: “Even if some of them fail, there will be others ready to go ahead, because, unlike Al Qaeda, IS has the possibility to ‘waste’ its personnel”.
After Attacks, the Soul of Paris Endures
Paris has for so long been America’s playground that it is difficult to imagine it being anything else. It is a pretty, walkable movie set of a place that elevates your own aesthetic sensibility before you return westward across the Atlantic an enlightened soul.
France and US are united in response to Daesh - President
Fight against terrorism/United States/Syria/Russia/Daesh – Statements made by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, during his joint press conference with Mr Barack Obama, President of the United States of America (excerpts)