French prime minister warns of more attacks

Paris Security Tightened After Attacks
Paris Security Tightened After Attacks

French police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across the country overnight in the aftermath of the Paris shootings, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday as he warned of potential further attacks.

Valls said that since this summer, French intelligence services had prevented five attacks.

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"Terrorism can strike, has struck -- though we have avoided several attacks -- and could strike again, now, in the coming days, in the coming weeks. I am not saying that to scare people but just so everyone understands," Valls said to RTL.

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"Today, the French are going back to work after these awful days, children are going back to school, life has to go back to normal of course, but we're living with, and we're going to live for a long time, with this terrorist threat and we need to prepare ourselves for further attacks," he warned.

Police sources told Reuters that authorities conducted at least 110 house searches in cities around France overnight. One of these searches, in the Paris suburb of Bobigny, was part of the judicial investigation into the attacks at a soccer stadium, bars and a concert hall and where at least 129 people died.

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French media said police also raided houses in Toulouse, Grenoble and Bobigny.

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"We're using the possibilities given by the state of emergency. Administrative raids 24/7, and that means our police service can stop all those who are in the radicalised jihadist movement," Valls confirmed.

On Friday, three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out the wave of attacks across Paris in what President Francois Hollande called an "act of war" by Islamic State.

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