(International Observation) The 5th Anniversary of the Paris Terrorism

  China News Service, Paris, November 13th, title: The fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Paris: In the face of a severe situation, France is stepping up anti-terrorism steps

  China News Agency reporter Li Yang

  November 13 is the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

This anniversary is very special, mainly because France is still in the dual test of epidemic prevention and control and counter-terrorism, and it needs "two-front combat"; in the face of the current severe counter-terrorism situation, France has stepped up its counter-terrorism steps.

Hold low-key memorial

  The reporter came to the Bataclan Theater, one of the main locations of the Paris terrorist attack five years ago.

The theater’s red signs have long been replaced by black. At the same time, in order to prevent and control the new crown epidemic, France has entered the second nationwide "closed city". All shops and cafes around the theater are closed. There are few pedestrians on the street, and the atmosphere is more solemn.

  Some people still come to the theater from time to time to lay flowers in mourning.

Some mourners said that they are still unforgettable about what happened 5 years ago.

In front of the memorial commemorating the victims near the Batakland Theater, there are also people in the memory.

The front of the theater and the monument are filled with memorials such as flowers and photos.

  French President Macron mourned through social media that day, saying that "we must fight for those who have fallen, and for those who are still alive."

On November 13, 2015, a severe terrorist attack occurred in Paris, resulting in 130 deaths, 90 of whom died in Bataclan Theater.

  Due to the epidemic, the scale of the day's commemoration was greatly reduced. The official memorial activities were not open to the public. French Prime Minister Castel, Interior Minister Dalmanin, and Paris Mayor Hidalgo, etc. were in the Bataclan Theater and other Paris terrorist attacks. A small memorial ceremony was held in a low profile.

The anti-terrorism situation is grim

  There have been many attacks in France recently, and officials have announced that the anti-terrorism alert level has been raised to the highest level throughout the country.

The anti-terrorism situation in the epidemic is not optimistic.

  The reporter noticed that the police were closely guarding the Bataclan Theater that day. The police not only need to step up their efforts to strictly check the travel certificates of the people, and supervise the people to travel in accordance with the measures of "closing the city" during the epidemic, but also to strictly guard against terrorist threats. Under great pressure.

  The movement of people in Europe during the epidemic has become the focus of France's anti-terrorism efforts.

After the French-Spanish border control measures taken to prevent and control the epidemic were cancelled in June, the French-Spanish border was reopened, and the number of people trying to cross the border into France has surged.

The Nice attack suspect smuggled from Tunisia to Lampedusa, Italy in September, and then managed to enter France from Italy in October.

Macron has stated that illegal immigrants and human traffickers are increasingly linked to terrorism.

  Official statistics show that in the past five years, France has encountered 20 attacks, 19 attempted attacks, and 61 attacks were frustrated.

However, recent attacks have occurred one after another, which has aroused high official vigilance. Officials such as Dalmanin have repeatedly issued warnings about the counter-terrorism situation.

How to step up counter-terrorism has become urgent for France.

Step up the counter-terrorism

  Despite the current severe epidemic, French officials still strengthen anti-terrorism from multiple levels.

The first is to introduce specific measures to strengthen domestic security and protect public places such as religious sites and schools; strengthen French border control and increase law enforcement personnel; at the same time, deport illegal immigrants suspected of extremism.

  Second, strengthen international cooperation against terrorism.

Macron held a meeting with leaders of Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the European Union this week to discuss and coordinate responses to the threat of terrorism.

The meeting reached some consensus, and the leaders of many countries at the meeting agreed that measures should be strengthened to protect the EU's external borders.

  French Minister of the Interior Darmanin and Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Drian have also visited many countries in North Africa to discuss counter-terrorism issues.

Analysis believes that the relevant visit is aimed at alleviating the tension between France and some Islamic countries and gaining support from North African countries in counter-terrorism.

  Third, step up military operations against terrorism.

French Defense Minister Pali stated on the 13th that the French army recently killed Moussa, a senior commander of the Al-Qaida branch in a military operation in northeastern Mali.

The French army has recently stepped up its attack on the Al-Qaida organization in Mali.

  Under the current situation, French officials will inevitably continue to fight terrorism in a "multi-pronged" manner while preventing and controlling the epidemic, push the counter-terrorism further, and make every effort to ensure the safety of the country and the people.