The European Union is considering the creation of a nuclear weapons program that would absorb France’s arsenal to protect the 28-member bloc amid concerns that President Donald Trump will withdraw American support from Brussels.
French presidential candidate Marie Le Pen canceled a meeting with a Muslim leader on Tuesday after she was urged to wear a headscarf.
French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek a second term in next year’s presidential election, a surprise move that clears the way for an alternative left-wing candidate.
The European Union on Monday agreed on a defense plan that could see it sending rapid response forces abroad for the first time, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of allies appeared to galvanize Europe into revamping its strategy.
French police arrested two teenage women suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the country on behalf of the Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
Some 30 to 40 suspected Islamic State jihadists who supported the November terrorist attacks in Paris are still at large, European authorities told CNN on Friday.
A car, whose owner is on an intelligence services watchlist of people suspected of religious radicalization, was discovered near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Saturday night with seven gas cylinders inside, police and judicial officials said on Wednesday.
Although the January 2015 terrorist attacks in France now look minor compared to more recent massacres in Paris and Nice, the slaughter at the headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was at the time the most bloody attack on French soil since the beginning of the twenty-first century. French political philosopher Pierre Manent observes that, while “the rush of emotion evoked by the event was in this case immense,” nevertheless “the acts of war committed in early 2015 … have changed nothing in our country’s dispositions or in its deliberations or actions.” In fact, the terrorism of early 2015 has merely worsened France’s paralysis, its refusal “to take a defensive position in order not to have to admit that it has put itself in danger.” Manent decided to write Beyond Radical Secularism, released in France in October 2015 and newly translated into English, to identify the root cause of this paralysis in the face of Islamic terror.
Security agencies in Paris have circulated a photo of an Afghan asylum seeker on suspicion that he might be plotting an attack on the capital, a police source said on Thursday, as France reels from two strikes in a month by Islamic State loyalists.