France warns of threat to transport links

20th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

French authorities have received information on a possible security threat to transport systems, a source close to the interior ministry said Monday, in the latest in a string of such warnings.

"It's a threat which we think might target transportation," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity and without giving further details except that the warning was received at 5:00am (0300 GMT) on Thursday last week.

The warning is the latest in a series made by French officials over the past 10 days, with Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux warning of having received specific information about a mounting threat.

Last week five French nationals were among seven foreigners kidnapped by suspected Al-Qaeda militants in a Niger uranium mining town, while in Paris the Eiffel Tower was evacuated after receiving a hoax bomb warning.

The head of France's DCRI domestic intelligence agency, Bernard Squarcini, said last week that France had never faced a greater "terrorist threat."

International Jihadist militants have issued a number of threats against France in recent months, as various French policies drew their attention.

French troops are fighting in Afghanistan, in July French commandos took part in a raid on an Al-Qaeda base in Mali that left seven militants dead and this month French lawmakers voted to ban women from wearing a full-face veil.

© 2010 AFP

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