Closed Paris attacks – the aftermath – day 3 as it happened

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Parisians return to work today following Friday’s attacks, which have left at least 129 people dead and many more wounded. A state of emergency remains in place.

France has responded with a series of police raids at home, and stepped up air strikes against Isis in Syria.

Key points

  • François Hollande declares: “France is at war” and tells French parliament he will seek permission to extend state of emergency declared over the weekend for three months

  • Barack Obama, speaking at the G20, again rules out large US troop presence in Syria

  • French jets have launched strikes on the Isis stronghold of Raqqa, Syria

  • Police raids, more than 150, have been carried out across France, Belgium. Many arrests made

  • Three attackers have been positively identified, all French nationals

  • UK prime minister David Cameron vows to build a case for expanding British air strikes into Syria

  • French police hunt for suspect named as Salah Abdeslam, 26, a French national, and brother of one of the dead bombers

  • A minute’s held silence across Europe

By Mark Odell, Henry Sanderson, Josh Noble and John Murray Brown


Welcome to the FT’s continuing coverage of the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks. Here are the main overnight developments:

- Police have conducted raids in a number of cities across France.
- France, in coordination with the US, has also stepped up its air strikes on Isis targets in Syria.
- Syria has been a key topic at the G20 in Turkey, with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin in attendance.
- A minute’s silence will be held later on this morning.


French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been speaking to French radio this morning, confirming that a number of police raids took place overnight.

Here’s what he told RTL Radio, via Reuters:

We are making use of the legal framework of the state of emergency to question people who are part of the radical jihadist movement … and all those who advocate hate of the republic.

Valls also said that French authorities had prevented a number of attacks since the summer, and were aware of other plans for attacks across Europe.


While world leaders have been discussing Syria at the G20 meeting in Turkey, the FT’s David Gardner has been looking at what could be done to defeat Isis. Here’s an excerpt:

The millenarian propaganda of Isis transcends geography and time, emphasises the coming of a messiah (the Mahdi), the global triumph of Islam and the end of days — all preceded in apocalyptic tradition by harbingers like the destruction of Syria. The idea of Syrian skies crowded with crusader warplanes fits its narrative like a glove.

Read it in full here: Paris attacks: The treacherous path to defeating Isis


Stock markets have just opened across Europe, and a number of companies appear to be being hit by fears of reduced travel in the wake of the Paris attacks:

Air France KLM -4.7%
Thomas Cook -3%
EasyJet -3.4%
Eurotunnel – 4.5%


There have been a total of 150 police raids in response to the Paris attacks since last night, according to the French prime minister.

French media are reporting that a number of arrests have been made in the city of Lyon, and that a rocket launcher has been seized.


The CAC40 index of French companies has fallen -1.2% at the open.


David Cameron has indicated he is not about to rush back to the House of Commons to secure approval from MPs for the RAF to join the US and France in striking Isis in Syria, reports the FT’s George Parker.

The prime minister said he needed to “convince more people” and that he would only go to the Commons if he was convinced he would win.

“To fail on this would be damaging,” he told the BBC’s Today programme. “It wouldn’t be damaging for the government but damaging for the country and its reputation in the world.”


US forces have started targeting trucks used by Isis to transport oil across Syria, according to this report in The New York Times.

Oil sales have has been a key source of funding for Isis. You can read much more on how the process works here: Isis Inc: how oil fuels the jihadi terrorists


A manhunt is still under way for Salah Abdeslam, one of three French brothers who were living in Belgium. Police believe he may be the eighth attacker from Friday night.


The UK has announced it is to host a Syria donors summit in London in February 2016:

We continue to believe that a political solution is necessary to bring the Syrian conflict to an end and we commit to working with each other and international partners to achieve that and to support the development of an inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Syria.

You can read the full statement here.


The BBC’s Neil Henderson has a roundup of French front pages this morning.

https://twitter.com/hendopolis/status/666016886258290688


The French state prosecutor’s office said this morning that it had identified a further two of the suicide bombers, this from the FT’s Jim Brunsden:

– Samy Amimour, who was 28 and born in Paris. He had been investigated in October 2012 for links to terrorist activity. He violated travel restrictions placed on him in 2013 and had been subject to an international arrest warrant at that time, according to the prosecutor’s office. Amimour was named as one of the attackers at the Bataclan concert venue.

– The other suicide bomber that has been newly identified was one of the attackers at the Stade de France, and is a Syrian national. A Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad that was found at the scene of the attack was located near his body.


Belgian police carried out a raid in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, the Belgian state broadcaster said on Monday, reports the FT’s John Murray Brown.

Molenbeek is considered a focal point for extremists and fighters going to Syria from Belgium, with a number of those involved in the Paris attacks having connections with the area.

Jan Janbom, the Belgian interior minister, told The Associated Press on Monday that suspects arrested in Molenbeek had previously been stopped near Cambrai by French police but released in what was described as a “regular roadside check”.


French stocks have recovered from the early sell-off. The CAC40 is now flat, having been down -1.2% earlier. However, tourism stocks across the continent remain under pressure:

Air France KLM -5.7%
Lufthansa -3.1%
Air Berlin -5.8%
Eurotunnel -4.3%
Tui -4.1%
Accor -5.5%


UK PM David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Turkey. Ahead of the meeting, Cameron said he would be urging Russia to work with the international coalition to combat Isis.


French prime minister Manuel Valls has said that the Paris climate summit will go ahead next month, but will be reduced to “just a negotiation”, reports the FT’s Michael Stothard. The concerts and marches planned around the event will be “without doubt cancelled”.

Paris is set to welcome delegates from nearly 200 countries and more than 120 heads of state in December to try and reach a meaningful global climate agreement to keep global temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius.


Paris’ hospitals on Monday published a joint press release denying a report in Le Figaro that hospitals had run short of key supplies in the aftermath of the attacks. This from the statement:

Solidarity between the hospitals, the presence during the night of pharmacists responsible for sterilisation, and all the professionals who responded in the framework of the white plan (emergency plan) or just spontaneously meant that we were able to cope with this exceptional situation, including in the area of equipment. The hospitals were therefore not short of equipment.


EmoticonA French official has identified the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, reports PA.


More on the situation in Brussels, from the FT’s Duncan Robinson:

Belgian police launched another set of raids in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on Monday morning. Molenbeek, a commune just to the west of Brussels’ centre, has become the focus of anti-terror operations in the country, with police arresting seven people there this weekend.

Armed police in balaclavas carried out the operation under the eyes of the world’s media, which have descended on the district after it emerged that some of the Paris attackers lived there.


Tourism, worth €42bn a year to the Paris economy, is set to feel the effects of Friday’s terrorist attacks. The Eiffel Tower remained closed on Monday, along with the Louvre art gallery. U2 and the Foo Fighters rock bands have both scrapped planned Paris concerts. A major photography fair closed its doors.


Vladimir Putin has told David Cameron that Russia will focus more on targeting Islamic State in Syria, a UK official told Reuters.

Russia has been conducting an air campaign against opponents of the Syrian government for a number of weeks, but critics say the strikes have so far been directed largely at more moderate rebel factions.


France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that a total of 168 police raids were carried out last night in cities across the country including Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse and Marseilles, reports Jim Brunsden.

The raids have led to over 20 arrests and to the seizing of over 30 weapons, including Kalashnikovs and a rocket launcher. More than 100 people have been placed under house arrest.

Without drawing a direct link between the raids and Friday’s attacks, Cazeneuve said that “there can be connections between organised crime and terrorism”.

“This is only the beginning,” Cazeneuve said. “The response will be of scale. It will be total,” he said, adding that France would “give no quarter” to accomplices of the attackers and those who indoctrinated them.

Cazeneuve added that six attacks have been prevented in France since the start of this year, six people have been stripped of citizenship and 34 have been expelled, including imams.


Read more on the meeting between UK PM David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin here: Cameron urges Putin to focus on fighting Isis


It looks like police operations are continuing in the Brussels area of Molenbeek. BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray is among those there.

https://twitter.com/RosieGray/status/666202118295044096


For the French speakers, RTL Radio has posted a video on YouTube of Prime Minister Valls speaking this morning.


Channel 4′s Paraic O’Brien has posted some footage of an ongoing police operation in Molenbeek.

https://twitter.com/paraicobrien/status/666203523412058112


The French stock exchange is proving resilient in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. The CAC 40 Index in Paris had slipped just 0.1% at 11.45am, after falling as much as 1.2% in earlier trading.

However travel and leisure stocks were hit. Hotel operator Accor lost 5.4%, Air France-KLM Group fell 5.7%. Aeroports de Paris was down 4.9%.


A minute’s silence has just been held across Europe. This image from CNN:

https://twitter.com/RAGreeneCNN/status/666209542057926657


More footage of the minute’s silence, from Sky News.

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/666209924041596928


Police in action in Molenbeek, Brussels. Picture from EPA.


After meeting with David Cameron at today’s G20 Vladimir Putin observed that Russian-UK relations are “not in the best shape”.

Nonetheless British officials describe a “constructive measured discussion”. Russia is being urged by Mr Cameron and other western leaders to focus its air attack in Syria on ISIS targets, and not use their air power to hit pro-Western Syrian opposition positions.


Some lines from Citi analyst Tina Fordham on the possible fallout from the Paris attacks:

The risks of Brexit, Merkel-exit and likely greater support for right-wing and anti-immigration political parties in Europe – who even prior to the Paris attacks have been ascending – have increased. Heightened calls to restrict freedom of movement, whether by building physical fences, tightened security measures, “temporary” border closures and the reinstatement of border controls, is highly likely, contributing to a growing backlash against a key element of globalisation.


More on the market reaction to the Paris attacks from FastFT:

- Oil is up
- Gold is up too
- French stocks are choppy
- Tourism stocks are down


Another striking image from the minute’s silence, held earlier today across Europe, from Reuters.


This is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian who French officials say may have been the mastermind behind Friday’s attacks.


The FT’s Chris Giles has been looking at the possible economic impact of the Paris attacks:

Most economists suggested that although the effects of a terrorist attack cannot be predicted with any accuracy, the experience of the 2004 Madrid bombs and 2005 London bombs was minimal for the Spanish and UK economies.

Malcolm Barr of JPMorgan said: “The macroeconomic consequences of terrorist attacks tend to be limited and shortlived . . . [in Madrid and London] households and businesses demonstrated remarkable equanimity”.

Read more here: Limited economic fallout from Paris terror attacks, say analysts


Here’s a roundup of the FT’s comment and analysis pieces on the Paris attacks:

- A proclamation against Isis, the party of death – Simon Schama
- My nine-year-old is calm — ‘We’re used to this now’ – Simon Kuper
- The treacherous path to defeating Isis – David Gardner
- The Paris jolt to America 2016 – Edward Luce
- Time for engagement, not fearful retreat – FT View
- Paris attacks: The global consequences – Gideon Rachman
- There is no hiding place from global disorder – Philip Stephens


An update from Duncan Robinson in Brussels:

Belgian police have released without charge one of the seven people arrested this weekend, according to federal prosecutors. Mohamed Abdeslam is the brother of Salah Abdeslam who is currently the subject of a manhunt in Belgium.

Nathalie Galant, a lawyer for Mr Salah, told Belgian television: “He had a solid alibi: he was in Herstal whole of last Friday evening, on the day of the attacks.”


The FT’s Erika Solomon has more on the overnight air strikes in Syria:

According to Raqqa 24 news site and the activist organisation Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, seven locations were hit by French air strikes. No organisation following the attacks has reported civilian casualties, saying the bombed sites were all used by Isis.

Among the areas reportedly hit were the municipal stadium, Al-Sa’aa square, Furusiya Roundabout, al-Panorama and al-Ferdous districts, as well as two military sites: the 17th Division and the Political Vanguards bases.


The FT’s Adam Thomson has been down to Rue Georges Tarral in Paris, where a house was raided by police. Here’s what he found:

A witness said about 150 members of the special forces stormed a property here last night.

“They first came in small number, and they came later on in greater number. They didn’t find anyone, but were here until the early hours of the morning.”

Richard Villecocq, who lives on the same street said: “It’s not livable here. If I could sell, I would leave immediately. There’s arms trafficking and drug dealing. By day it’s calm, but everything happens at night.”


The FT’s Duncan Robinson in Brussels reports that some of the people arrested in Belgium over the weekend have been released:

Five of the seven people arrested this weekend have been released without charge, according to prosecutors in Brussels. Among them was Mohamed Abdeslam, the brother of Salah Abdeslam who is currently the subject of a manhunt in Belgium. Police in Brussels finished a series of raids in Molenbeek on Monday afternoon without finding Salah.

Nathalie Galant, a lawyer for Mohamed Abdeslam told Belgian television: “He had a solid alibi: he was in Herstal whole of last Friday evening, on the day of the attacks.”


The G20 summit of leading economies meeting in Turkey has issued its closing communique reaffirming “our solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs”. It also committed to improve information exchange,and to use legal powers to freeze suspected terrorists’ assets to tackle the financing of Isis and other organisations. The G20 branded the attacks on Paris as “heinous” describing it as “an unacceptable affront to all humanity”.


In Paris, our correspondent Michael Stothard has pulled together what is known about the terrorists involved in the various attacks who have been named by authorities:

Bataclan
- Omar Ismael Mostefai, 29, French of Algerian origin, one of three attackers at the Bataclan who died at the scene. He was identified from his fingerprint. The authorities have been monitoring him since 2010 for links to Islamic extremism.

- Samy Amimour, 28, French from the Parisian suburb of Drancy, another one of the three Bataclan attackers. He was indicted in 2012 for criminal association with terrorists plotting to leave the country for Yemen. In 2013 he simply fled the country, with unconfirmed reports from AFP suggesting he spent two years in Syria.

Stade de France
- Bilal Hadfi, 20, one of the three attackers said to have blown himself up at the Stade de France. Not yet confirmed by the prosecutors.

- Ahmad al Mohammad, 25. A Syrian passport of that name was found near the body of one of the men who blew themselves up at the Stade de France. Fingerprints of the body matched fingerprints of a man who entered Greece with that same passport in October.

Comptoir Voltaire
- Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, French national based in Belgium, blew himself up on Boulevard Voltaire outside the Comptoir Voltaire café. He was involved in hiring at least one of the two cars involved in the attacks on Friday.

Restaurant and bar attacks in 10th and 11th arrondissement
- Salah Abdeslam, a French national living in Belgium, 26, brother of Ibrahim Abdeslam. He was the renter of the Volkswagen Polo used in the Bataclan attacks. He is known to have re-entered Belgium on Saturday morning. He is subject of an international manhunt.


Marine Le Pen, the head of the far-right National Front party, has just issued a statement demanding France close its borders to immigrants. The FT’s Jim Brunsden has translated the full text:

At least one migrant among the terrorists: France must immediately stop the arrival of migrants on its territory.

According to information released this morning by the state prosecutor François Molins, one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France arrived in Greece on October 3, among the wave of migrants which flows each day into Europe. He then headed for France.

Our fears and our warnings on the possible presence of jihadists among the migrants have unfortunately now been turned into tangible reality by these bloody attacks.

As a precaution, Marine Le Pen is calling for an immediate halt to all new arrivals of migrants in France and also an immediate halt to their relocation among the different localities in France, towns as well as villages. This prudent step is absolutely necessary in the name of the security of the French people. The security needs of the French people mean that it was irresponsible for the government and the opposition UMP to give their blessing to the migrant flood, in particular their support in the European Parliament for migrant quotas.”


Belgian prosecutors have described as “unconfirmed rumours” reports that a Belgian citizen Abdelhamid Abaaoud, may have been the mastermind behind Friday’s attacks on Paris.

French officials earlier said they were investigating links between the attackers and Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian now based in Syria with the jihadist group Isis jihadist group.

Abaaoud has played an important role in planning attacks in Europe, officials believe.


Angela Merkel has hit back at suggestions Germany’s open door policy on Syrian refugees was making it easier for terrorists like those who attacked Paris on Friday.

The German chancellor is likely to face pressure from political opponents at home following a statement by the Greek authorities raising the possibility that one assailant in the Paris attacks entered Europe posing as a refugee.

The German chancellor said the urgent task was to track down the assailants and prevent more attacks “We owe that not only to the victims but also to security in our countries and to the refugees, a large number of whom are fleeing terrorism,” Merkel said at a news conference Monday.


John Brennan, director of the CIA, has said that Isis had been plotting the attacks on Paris for “a number of months” and has warned of others in the works. He has also hit out at the post-Snowden era clampdown on intelligence gathering, reports the FT’s Geoff Dyer from Washington.

Mr Brennan said that the Paris attacks were a “wake-up” call about the technical and legal restrictions that intelligence services face in collecting information, especially since the Edward Snowden disclosures.

He said that terrorist groups such as Isis had achieved a significant increase in “operational security” through the use of new technologies that can hide their identity and had “gone to school” on the methods that intelligence agencies use to track them.

Without mentioning directly Mr Snowden, the former NSA contractor, he said that “disclosures” about the government role in intelligence collecting had made finding information about terrorists “much more challenging”.

“This is a wake-up call, especially in parts of Europe where there has been a misrepresentation of what security services are doing,” he said at a public appearance on Monday.

“It is time for Europe and the US to take a look at see whether there has been an inadvertant gap created in the ability of intelligence and security agencies to protect their people.”

He said Isis had been plotting the Paris attacks for “a number of months” and was likely planning other such operations. “I am sorry to say that this is something we are going to have to deal with for quite some time,” he said.


The FT’s Kadhim Shubber has been pondering what the Paris attacks mean for Facebook’s role in society. The social network is allowing users to show support for those affected by overlaying their profile pictures with the French flag. It also enabled people in Paris on Friday night to use a ‘Safety Check’ widget to let their friends know they were unharmed.

However, some have asked why previous attacks in other parts of the world have not garnered the same response from Facebook. This from Kadhim:

Facebook has to decided when to officially acknowledge when people kill other people. Which atrocities will get the Facebook nod? Whose countries’ flags will this American company endorse?

If Facebook’s safety check in feature is only available to people living in allied countries that are stable and peaceful, then by definition it will skew towards the prosperous. Those fortunate enough to live in countries where bombs are rare have access to a public service that alerts them to the safety of their loved ones.

Also, if Zuckerberg commemorates those killed in France with the profile picture switch up, what duties does he have to proactively prevent attacks? Is it enough to mourn an event after the shooting has stopped if you don’t also take every possible measure to stop the bad guys using your network?

Read the full post here: Facebook’s new responsibilities after Paris


Although Parisians are back at work, a number of extra security measures remain in place. This from Katie Engelhart of Vice News:

https://twitter.com/katieengelhart/status/666261764896616448


Belgian police say five of the seven people they arrested earlier have now been released. Two have been held on terrorism charges.


The Paris attacks have already ratcheted up the rhetoric in Europe’s migrant debate, with Marine Le Pen calling for France to close its borders.

The FT’s Washington bureau chief Demetri Sevastopulo says the discussion is also now shifting in the US.

In the wake of the Paris attacks, there are growing calls in the US to block a programme that brings Syrian refugees into the country. The Republican governors of Alabama and Michigan – which has a relatively large population of people of Middle Eastern ethnicity – have both vowed not to allow any Syrian refugees into their states.

Politicians on Capitol Hill are also considering various measures to prevent President Barack Obama from bringing 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US over the next year.

A senior administration official told the FT that these moves were “wrongheaded” since they would “hurt the victims of war and terrorism” rather than harming the extremists. The official said the US had a long history of taking refugees under Republican and Democratic presidents, and urged Congress to take a measured approach.


President Obama is addressing leaders at the G20 in Turkey. Watch live on MSNBC here.


Obama’s key points:

- World can not lose sight of progress made in fight against Isis.
- Isis “can and is pushed back” when effective local ground forces are present.

“On the military front, we are continuing to accelerate what we do.”

- Further military progress needs more countries to “step up”.

“When we find strategies that work, we will double down on those.”

- Rules out large numbers of US boots on the ground.

“That would be a mistake. Not because our military could not march into Mosul or Raqqa or Ramadi … but because we would see a repetition of what we’ve seen before.”

- Isis leaders will have “no safe haven anywhere”.
- G20 nations agree to better border controls, intelligence sharing.
- More nations also need to contribute to humanitarian effort.
- Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan cannot bear burden of refugee crisis alone. Others must do more, and continue to accept refugees.

“Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values.”

- Political solution only answer in Syria; modest progress being made.
- Transition to more inclusive Syrian government, ceasefire are the goals.

“All sides agree on a process”.

- Still disagreements over fate of Bashar al-Asaad.
- End of Syrian war and political progress in Iraq needed to defeat Isis.


In Paris, François Hollande is addressing a joint session of the French parliament, only the third time in history that has happened. You can watch live here.


During the Q&A session, Obama says he will not take actions just to make “America look tough”, or to pursue a notion of American leadership that has no relation to “what will work”:

“My only interest is to end suffering and to keep the American people safe. If there is a good idea out there, then we’re going to do it … I can’t afford to play some of the political games that others may.


The FT’s Jim Brunsden is monitoring Hollande’s speech. He opened by saying “France is at war. The acts committed on Friday…are acts of war.”

Some key quotes so far:

“They constitute an aggression against our country, our values, our young people, our way of life…because we are a country of democracy, of human rights.”

“Our country has been the target of an ignoble attack.”

“My desire is to use all the strength of the state to protect our citizens.”


And a few more comments from President Hollande via Jim Brunsden:

“On Friday, it was France in its entirety that was the target, France that loves culture, sport, to play, to celebrate”

He said that French people were targeted in the attack irrespective of race or religion.

Naming some of the victims by their first names he added: “their only crime was to be alive.”

He said Isis would be fought “without respite, without a truce”


François Hollande says that Isis will be fought “without respite, without a truce.”

He called for a “big, unified coalition” to fight Isis and said that he would meet Putin and President Obama in the coming days, FT’s Jim Brunsden reports.

It is a question not of containing, but of destroying this organisation.

Hollande said France’s defence minister would contact counterparts from around Europe to activate the mutual defence clause of the European Union treaty, which obliges other member states to pledge assistance in the case of armed attack.


This just in from AP on Hollande’s address to the French parliament

https://twitter.com/AP/status/666279410954301441


Obama ends with heartfelt praise for Angela Merkel’s “courageous stance” towards the thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing violence and heading for Europe.

“We have to, each of us, do our part.”

He calls on people in power across the world “not to feed dark impulse inside of us”, a reference to those who have suggested allowing Christian refugees to enter, but want to turn away Muslims.


The FT’s European diplomatic editor, Alex Barker, has just sent this dispatch from the G20 summit on remarks by Russian president Vladimir Putin:

Speaking at the end of the G20 summit in Antalya, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, said recent events made clear the need for international unity against terrorism. It came as President Francois Hollande of France said he would meet with Mr Putin and Mr Obama in coming days to build a “big unified coalition against Isis”.

However amid the rhetoric over joining forces with against terrorism, Mr Putin jibed France over its policy on Syria, and taunted the west over the effectiveness of its military action against Isis.

“We kept on hearing” from France, he said, that the removal of Bashar al Assad was a precondition for peace. “Has that kind of attitude protected Paris from a terror attack? No,” he said.

Later Mr Putin noted that French jets were no making sorties “more often” but said it stood no comparison to the intensity of Russian air strikes in Syria. “Now is not the time to work out who is doing better or acting more efficiently, but we need to work out why previous actions against Isis have been less than successful,” he said. “Now is the time to join forces.”


Texas will not accept any Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, governor Greg Abbott says in letter to President Obama.


Hollande has called for revisions to the French constitution to modernise emergency powers available to the government, according to the FT’s Jim Brunsden.

Hollande said France needs a “constitutional settlement that allows us to handle crises.”

He also called for tougher powers to make it easier for the state to strip people of their French nationality when it was found that they were involved in terrorist acts against the country. Stronger powers were needed for expelling foreigners that “pose a particular threat,” he said.


The governor of Arkansas has weighed in to say the state would not accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, the fourth US state to object.

https://twitter.com/AsaHutchinson/status/666281290883166208


There are reports out of Serbia that cast more doubts over the authenticity of the Syrian passport found near the body of one of the attackers near the Stade de France. The passport was in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad, or Almohammad, but François Molins, the Paris public prosecutor, said the authenticity of the passport “had yet to be verified.
Now the BBC is citing a report in Serbian newspaper Blic that Serbian police have detained a migrant with a Syrian passport bearing the same name.
“A document with the same name and same data, but with the photograph of another man, was found on Saturday on another migrant in the [reception] centre in Presevo and that person was held for questioning,” the paper reported, without giving a source. “It is believed that these two men were not linked. However, the case will be examined because it is certain that both of them have bought fake Syrian passports at different times from the same counterfeiter in Turkey.”

That report follows on from one yesterday on Bloomberg, again citing Blic that Serbia’s Interior Ministry saying over the weekend that reported a 25-year-old named Ahmad Al Mohammad, carrying a Syrian passport, had formally requested refuge in the country on October 7 after passing through Greece four days earlier.

The Greek government said over the weekend that the passport belonged to an asylum-seeker registered on the Greek island of Leros last month.


The FT’s Jim Brunsden has compiled a check-list of the measures proposed by French president François Hollande in his speech. They are:

• Parliament will be called on this week to extend the state of emergency for three months

• Hollande will seek a meeting of the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution as soon as possible on the threat of terrorism

• A new, united international coalition against Isis. Hollande will meet Obama and Putin in the coming days. He said that France “is talking to everyone,” including Turkey, Iran and the Gulf states.

• An intensification of French military operations against Isis

• A beefing up of the security services, including 5,000 extra police offices, and 1,000 new members of the judiciary

• Modernisation of France’s constitution to create more modern provisions aimed at handling terrorist attacks and other similar national emergencies.


The French president also made another couple of notable comments:

Friday’s acts of war were decided, planned in Syria, they were organised in Belgium and they were carried out on our territory with the complicity of French people’

And on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad:

He “can’t be the solution but our enemy in Syria is Daesh.” Daesh is another term for Isis


Armed police will be deployed at the friendly football match between England and France at Wembley tomorrow evening, Press Association reports, citing the deputy assistant commander Peter Terry from the Met’s Specialist Crime and Operations unit.

The French Football Federation has vowed to go ahead with the game after the attacks in Paris Friday evening, which took place while France was playing Germany at the Stade de France.


The FT’s Washington Bureau chief, Demetri Sevastopulo​, is writing up a story about Obama hitting out at other US politicians attempts to halt a programme to bring in Syrian refugees. So far the governors of four US states have said they will refuse to accept them.
The story will follow shortly but here is a taster:

President Barack Obama said it was “shameful” that some US politicians were urging his administration to halt a programme to bring Syrian refugees into the country, stressing that it was “not American” to institute a religious litmus test for refugee policy.

Speaking in Turkey after the G20, Mr Obama was responding to criticism of his plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees over the coming year. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Republican presidential contenders have hammered him over the plan, which was announced in September, with Donald Trump going as far to say that he would deport all Syrians. Several Republican governors have said in recent days that they would not allow Syrian refugees into their states.

“When I hear folks say that well maybe we just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted … that’s not American, that is not who we are. We don’t have religious tests to our compassion.”

In criticism that appeared aimed at Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz – two Cuban-American senators running for president, Mr Obama said it was shameful for people to espouse such policies when “some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing from political persecution”

“The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism. They are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife. They are parents, they are children, they are orphans,” said Mr Obama.” It is very important … that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”

In a defensive rebuttal to his critics, Mr Obama also reminded the Republicans that when Pope Francis recently visited the US, and spoke to Congress, he urged compassion for all people, and not just Christians.


The New York Times is now reporting an unconfirmed line that was around earlier in the day that the Turkish authorities had twice warned their French counterparts about Omar Ismail Mostefai, one of the three Paris attackers who has been positively identified.

The NYT reports:

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, in line with government protocol, said the government never heard back from France and only received an “information request” about Mr Mostefai after the Paris attacks.

“On Oct. 10, 2014, Turkey received an information request regarding four terror suspects from the French authorities,” the official said. “During the official investigation, the Turkish authorities identified a fifth individual, Omar Ismail Mostefai, and notified their French counterparts twice — in December 2014 and June 2015.”


The FT’s US policy correspondent, Barney Jopson, reports from Washington DC that the US capital is jumpy in the wake of the Paris attacks:

Terror jitters have hit the streets of Washington. An apparent Isis threat against the US capital and a series of police road closures on Monday got office workers chattering nervously about what’s next after Paris.

One bystander peering at the flashing police lights on a closed-off block said: “There’s no sign of anything going on, but if you see any suspicious Arabs head in the opposite direction.”

In a video warning of more terror attacks, an Isis fighter said that “we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington”, according to Reuters, which could not verify its authenticity.

It turned out that the road closures were due to an unrelated “barricade situation”, according to police. But that did not dampen many nerves.

Taking a selfie with her husband outside the White House was Sherri Candelario, a well-travelled tourist from Seattle, who said: “This is the first time I’ve felt unsafe.”

Europe, however, remained far more dangerous than the US, she added, lamenting “lax” security in EU airports and elsewhere.

“Why not just visit some of the places we have here in the US instead?” said her husband Frank


The Paris attacks are making police forces nervous. In Norway, the AP reports that police will now carry guns until next month.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/666295139787259904


And yet more reaction from the US to Barack Obama’s speech at the G20 in Turkey earlier, where the US president is already being attacked for ruling out a large-scale military deployment on the ground in Syria, reports the FT’s Demetri Sevastopulo​

President Obama is already coming under fire for his comments about Isis at the G20. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator who is one of the biggest proponents of sending more US forces to the region, said he was “incredibly disappointed” to hear the president reject calls to send US troops.

“The president’s policies are failing and Isil (as Isis is also known) is getting stronger,” said Mr Graham. “The president seems to have learned nothing from the recent attacks against a Russian airliner, bombings in Lebanon, and the wholesale slaughter in Paris.”

Readers may recall that at the end of October, the US announced it would deploy no more than 50 special forces to Syria to bolster rebel forces who were losing ground to Isis.


PA is reporting that Prince William , the Duke of Cambridge, will attend the friendly football match between England and France at Wembley tomorrow evening, in his capacity as president of the English Football Assocation, to show his”solidarity to the people of France”, according to royal source.


The BBC’s defence correspondent tweets remarks by UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Prime Minister David Cameron earlier indicated he is not about to rush back to the House of Commons to secure approval from MPs for the RAF to join the US and France in striking Isis in Syria.

https://twitter.com/bealejonathan/status/666287691663806464


I wrote a piece a bit earlier today summarising what is known so far about the attacks and the aftermath. You can read it here.


Another man who has been named in connection with the attacks is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian linked to attempted attacks this year on a high-speed train to Paris and a church in the city’s suburbs. Both AP and Le Monde have reported that investigators suspect him of helping to plan the attack.


The Belgian paper, De Standaard, describes Abdelhamid Abaaoud, as Belgium’s most wanted terrorist. De Standaard reports on its website that Abdelhamid Abaaoud escaped to Syria, where he fought with Isis, in January, after two people he had recruited were killed in a shootout with police in the town of Verviers near the German border. He has also been linked to attempted attacks this year on a high-speed train to Paris and a church in the city’s suburbs.


Watch the FT’s defence and security editor, Sam Jones, talking about the problems European security services will have keeping up with Isis


Here is a picture of the babyfaced Bilal Hadfi, 20, who is reported to have blown himself up at the Stade de France but whose identity has not yet been confirmed by the prosecutors.


UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is not happy with the country’s “shoot-to-kill” policy, he says in BBC interview.

From the BBC (full interview here )

The Labour leader told the BBC such an approach could “often be counter-productive”.

He also declined to answer what he called the “hypothetical question” of whether he would ever back military intervention against extremists.

“I’m not saying I would or I wouldn’t,” he said.

Mr Corbyn stressed the need for a political resolution to be found in Syria and repeated his criticism of previous western interventions in the Middle East, saying they had “unleashed forces” and boosted extremists.


Michael Fallon, the UK defence secretary, who is urging parliament to rethink its opposition to air strikes on Isis in Syria, is making his case by insisting the planning for all the recent terrorist attacks is being done in Raqqa, reports Sam Jones, the FT’s security and defence editor.

Mr Fallon said:

This [is] all being organised and planned from North East Syria, from Raqqa where ISIL have their headquarters, that’s were their command and control is, that’s where the logistics are, the personnel, and that’s where these attacks, we’ve seen attacks now in Ankara, we’ve seen attacks on a Russian airliner and now in Paris – all this is being masterminded from ISILs headquarters of operations in North East Syria.


Much of Paris has re-opened although some cultural sites, such as the Louvre, will re-open on Tuesday. The Eiffel Tower remains closed to the public, with no indication as yet when it will re-open. For French speakers, the Paris mayor’s office has this very clear guide to what is open and the planned re-opening of other sites in Paris


Mohamed Abdeslam, the brother of Salah Abdeslam, who is the subject of a manhunt and, and whose other brother Ibrahim was named as the Boulevard Voltaire suicide bomber, gave a press conference a bit earlier in Belgium after being released by police without charge.

He told the media on his doorstep, that he and his family “knew nothing and had been affected by the events. Just like everyone else we found out by watching television and never for once thought that my brothers would be involved in these attacks.”

He said he did not know where his brother, Salah, was and was not sure that will all the suspicion on him whether he would hand himself in to the authorities. He said Salah was a “normal boy”, adding that the family had never been in trouble with the authorities.

He continued: “Our thoughts are above all with the victims and their families. But you have to understand that we have a mother and a family” as he asked for them to be left alone. He said his parents were in shock and had not really been able to take in everything that had happened.


The FT’s Jim Brunsden says the Élysée Palace has just confirmed that President Hollande will meet John Kerry, the US secretary of state, tomorrow.


Harvard received a bomb threat about an hour ago and has evacuated four buildings as police conduct a search

https://twitter.com/Harvard/status/666318816897605633


Reuters reports that NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on the EU to work more closely with the transatlantic alliance military, rather than steer its own course:

NATO and the European Union must work closely to prevent more attacks like those in Paris, the head of the Western military alliance said on Monday, underscoring the risks of unconventional warfare such as cyber attacks and radicalism.

European officials are struggling to provide quick answers on how to counter the threat from Islamic State and other militant groups at a time of falling defence budgets, the lack of a common EU security policy and an overlap with NATO.

“We will redouble our efforts and work even more closely … to counter the rise of extremism, which can inspire such horrific attacks here at home,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Speaking alongside EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Stoltenberg said NATO and the EU could no longer afford to develop parallel policies towards similar ends. They should work together “hand-in-hand”.

“When the stakes are so high, and the needs are increasing, can NATO and the EU continue as we are?,” Stoltenberg asked a gathering of European defence officials.

While the North Atlantic Treaty Organization shares 22 member countries with the EU and has similar goals, the two Brussels-based organisations have separate military headquarters, rapid-reaction forces and foreign missions.


We are going to wrap up our coverage for tonight on a day that saw France and the rest of Europe mourn the victims of the Paris attacks. A little new detail emerged on the identify of the eight attackers, with three of the seven dead terrorists positively identified.
A manhunt is still going on for Salah Abdeslam, 26, a French national, whose brother Ibrahim blew himself up on in a restaurant on Boulevard Voltaire, with more than 150 raids carried out across France.

In a speech to parliament, French president François Hollande said he would seek permission to extend state of emergency declared over the weekend for three months. He also repeated his statement over the weekend that France was “at war” with Isis as the country’s air force stepped up air strikes in Syria.