France prepares security blitz

21st June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 20 (AFP) - France's interior minister said Sunday he would soon announce new measures to combat terrorism, cybercrime, drug trafficking and racism. Dominique de Villepin said in a television interview he would spell out his plans at a press conference later in the week.

PARIS, June 20 (AFP) - France's interior minister said Sunday he would soon announce new measures to combat terrorism, cybercrime, drug trafficking and racism. Dominique de Villepin said in a television interview he would spell out his plans at a press conference later in the week.

He noted that crime and extremism were linked, saying that with "30 kilos (66 pounds) of cannabis the Madrid terrorists financed" the March 11 train bombings in the Spanish capital, which killed nearly 200 people.

De Villepin told LCI television that he would be boosting cooperation between France's various intelligence services as well as between ministries in a bid to better fight terrorism.

He also said he would seek heavier sentences for those convicted of racist acts. France has seen a wave of acts of racist vandalism at Muslim and Jewish sites in recent weeks.
De Villepin, France's former foreign minister, became interior minister in March.

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