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France's Terror Plan: Hire 2,600 Officers, Monitor 3K

Country to spend $490M over 3 years

(Newser) - France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism today, and one set of numbers is getting a lot of play: In an intelligence agent hiring spree, the country will hire some 2,600 counter-terrorism officers, 1,100 of them specifically for intelligence services. Anti-terror surveillance is needed for 3,... More »

Paris Hero Granted French Citizenship

Mali-born worker hid supermarket customers from gunman

(Newser) - Lassana Bathily, the Mali-born worker who saved several people when a gunman attacked a kosher grocery store in Paris earlier this month, is now a Frenchman. The 24-year-old Muslim, who has been in France for nearly a decade and filed his citizenship papers last year, had his application fast-tracked and... More »

The Issues With Burying the French Terrorists in France

French law allows local burials, but officials don't want fanatics visiting graves

(Newser) - It's been a week since French gunmen Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi, and Amedy Coulibaly were killed , but their bodies remain unburied, probably somewhere in a Paris morgue, the New York Times reports. French law allows for local burial, though an official family request must be made to the mayor... More »

10 Anti-Terror Arrests Made as Kerry Visits Paris

He lays wreaths at 'Charlie' offices, kosher market

(Newser) - As John Kerry visited Paris today, a train station was evacuated and prosecutors said at least 10 people were arrested in anti-terrorism raids in the region targeting people linked to one of the French gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly , who claimed ties to ISIS. Paris is at its highest terrorism alert level,... More »

French Comic Arrested for 'Defending' Paris Terrorist

Dieudonne held for controversial Facebook post: cops

(Newser) - Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been accused of hate speech by his government before. Now the controversial French comedian has been arrested for "defending terrorism" after a Facebook post in which he appeared to be sympathizing with the man who killed four people in a kosher supermarket and... More »

Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Charlie Attack: It Was Us

But subsequent violence was coincidental, statement says

(Newser) - Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in an online video called "Vengeance for the Prophet: A Message Regarding the Blessed Battle of Paris," the New York Times reports. The group says it "chose the target, laid the plan, and... More »

France Deploys 10K Troops to Guard 'Sensitive Sites'

Almost 5K cops headed to nation's Jewish schools, institutions

(Newser) - A day after the biggest rally in its history , France is deploying thousands of police and troops to the nation's 717 Jewish schools and other "sensitive sites" throughout the country, the New York Times reports. Citing "the first mobilization on this scale on our territory," defense... More »

Turkey: Widow of Paris Gunman Is in Syria

She flew to Turkey on Jan. 2, crossed over Thursday, says foreign minister

(Newser) - The 26-year-old woman sought by French police as the widow and potential accomplice of Paris deli shooter Amedy Coulibaly is in Syria, Turkey's foreign minister confirmed today. The timeline that Mevlut Cavusoglu is offering up indicates that Hayat Boumeddiene crossed over into Syria after Wednesday's slaughter at Charlie ... More »

Paris Gunman Linked to ISIS, 3rd Shooting

Amedy Coulibaly says 'what we are doing is completely legitimate'

(Newser) - A posthumous video emerged today of the gunman who killed a French policewoman and four hostages at a kosher grocery pledging allegiance to Islamic State and defending the attacks on the satirical newspaper and the Jewish store. The SITE Intelligence Group said it had verified the video, which shows Amedy... More »

French Police Hunt Widow of Slain Terror Suspect

Hayat Boumeddiene may be an accomplice, say authorities

(Newser) - As police in France track down accomplices of the Kouachi brothers, a 26-year-old woman named Hayat Boumeddiene is near the top of the list. She is the widow of Amedy Coulibaly, the hostage-taker at a kosher market in Paris who was killed in a police raid yesterday. The two were... More »

Man Hiding in Building Sent Texts to Help Paris Cops

Also, hostage-taker at market mistakenly left his phone on

(Newser) - Some intriguing details about the role of cell phones in yesterday's dual raids in France that killed three suspected terrorists:
  • Hidden helper: When Cherif and Said Kouachi holed up in a building outside Paris, they were unaware that a man identified as Lilian Lepere, 26, was hiding inside. He
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