France’s premier warns of new attacks, 15,000 people on police radar

Reuters

Toulouse, France. 20th June 2012 -- Policeman try to keep journalists and watchers away from the bank where the hostages are kept. A shot was heard soon after the man stormed a branch of the Credit Industrial and Commercial (CIC) bank in the south west city. -- Four people are being held hostage by man saying he is in the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The gunman is currently in the French city of Toulouse, next door to where Islamic terrorist Mohammed Merah was killed.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday there would be new attacks in France but proposals by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to boost security was not the right way to deal with threats.

The French capital was put on high alert last week when French officials said they dismantled a “terrorist cell” that planned to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State.

“This week at least two attacks were foiled,” Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday.

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