France sees 'no specific terror threat'

24th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - France remains on alert but has no information of any specific threat from "terrorists" at this time, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told commercial radio station Europe 1 Sunday.

PARIS, Nov 23 (AFP) - France remains on alert but has no information of any specific threat from "terrorists" at this time, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin told commercial radio station Europe 1 Sunday.

"We are particularly vigilant, we have built up security measures. But I have to say with all the honesty and truth I owe listeners: there is no specific threat against France today," he said.

"We have excellent cooperation with international intelligence and security services that allows us to identify various threats," he added.

But Raffarin cautioned that "the threat from terrorists, which is the scourge that we have to confront, is still present and present everywhere."

The prime minister's comments came in the wake of deadly bomb attacks in Turkey that targeted two synagogues, a British bank and the British consulate in Istanbul.

The last attack against French interests attributed to Islamic extremists was in October last year, when a French oil tanker off Yemen was struck by a boat carrying explosives. Yemeni investigators have said they suspect Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda was involved in the attack.

© AFP

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