The more detailed observation of free radicalized convicts and the creation of a separate anti-terrorist prosecution office are two of the most important elements of the French Government’s new counter-terrorism program, which was premiered on Friday by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
“Terrorism is no longer controlled by Syrian cells, it is made up of people, sometimes in small-scale criminals or in psychologically unstable people, in fanatized or solitary radicalized persons,” the prime minister emphasized at the headquarters of the French Homeland Security headquarters in Levallois-Perret, near Paris.
Against the “constantly moving and scattered” threat, the Prime Minister entrusted the internal fight with the direction of the fight against terrorism, the main task of which would be to ensure cooperation between intelligence services and investigative bodies.
One of the key elements of the 32-point anti-terrorism package presented at the beginning of this year is the creation of a “specialized cell” that will observe radicalized and terrorist offenders after their release. In recent months, the release of prisoners downloaded to prison has become one of the major challenges of French counter-terrorism: about 450 such people will be released until the end of 2019.
The head of government also announced that an independent anti-terrorist prosecution office was set up.
In December 2017, Nicole Belloubet, the justice minister, announced the transformation of the anti-terrorist justice system: a counter-terrorism department with national powers, which has been operating for 31 years in the Paris prosecutor’s office, is replaced by an independent anti-terrorist prosecution service, but the reform in the spring reform did not last.
“We all feel that a lawyer should be allowed to work in the fight against terrorism in his full working hours,” said Eduard Philippe, indicating that the Attorney General for Counterterrorism will be working with a team of 25-30 people from investigating magistrates and other legal practitioners.
Catherine Champrenault, Paris Attorney General and Judicial Unions, have been severely criticized for the idea because, as a result of their current combined operations, suddenly a lot of legal professionals can be assigned to a single case and, through support from organized crime and terrorism, tested.
The Senate Panel’s Tuesday report welcomed the French government’s strengthening of the fight against terrorism, but expressed concern over “the real inefficiencies”. The senators propose a stronger fight against Muslim radicalism and wartimeism, and suggest that mayors also have access to a secret service list of about 20,000 names registered for terrorism and radicalization.
Edouard Philippe did not rule out that mayors have access to these confidential information in the context of the fight against terrorism, but indicated that they would not have access to settlements for registration.
“It is not the case that the mayors in France will now be their agents for internal repair,” the head of government said.
In France, the Islamist assassinations that began in January 2015 killed 246 of them, five of them on March 23 at a hostage in Carcasonne, Trebes, France on 12 March, and a suicide attack in Paris on May 12 in Paris.