FRENCH prime minister, Manuel Valls, outlines his government's anti-terrorism plans following the violence which struck Paris earlier this month.
"We owe the French people this truth: faced with determined individuals and with structured groups and networks, there is no such thing as zero risk. We must also take all necessary measures," Manuel Valls declared at the end of the Council of Ministers session on Wednesday 21 January.
The number of radicalised individuals capable of moving into action has continued to rise in our country. Today, nearly 1,300 people, French natives or foreigners residing in France, must be kept under surveillance due to their implication in terrorist networks in Syria and Iraq.
This represents a 130% increase in one year. Add to that the 400 to 500 people involved in older networks or those concerning other countries, as well as the main organisers in the French cyber Jihadist sphere. In all, there are nearly 3,000 people to keep under surveillance.
"This change of scale, as I said last week before the National Assembly, forces us to take exceptional measures – but not measures of exception – to reinforce the services of the State and to establish our means of action," the Prime Minister declared.