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Paris attack anniv.: People want more security

Reporter: Kate Parkinson 丨 CCTV.com

11-12-2016 12:43 BJT

It’s been a year since the devastating series of coordinated shootings and bomb attacks in Paris.

Friday the 13th—a day Westerners consider unlucky. Last November, it was tragic. A wave of terror attacks across Paris killed 130 people and injured hundreds more.

This is the Bataclan concert hall where 90 people were shot or blown up by suicide bombers.

The venue reopens on Saturday, the eve of the anniversary, with a performance by British rock star Sting...a sign that Paris is moving forward.

Memories of the attacks are still vivid…the threat of more attacks remains high.

"There is always a risk with terrorism. The risk, you can fight against the risk, but the risk exists. And I think in France and especially in Paris, and especially in this area, the idea and the trauma of the terrorism is still in the consciousness," said Gilles Ferragu, terrorism expert.

In the face of this ongoing threat France has stepped up its military commitment against ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
While at home, tens of thousands of armed soldiers patrol streets across the country.
The state of emergency declared last November remains in effect. It gives police extra powers to carry out searches and place people under house arrest.

"One of the problems with the state of emergency is it’s duration. There is no control over it and it’s tending to become permanent. There is feeling the state of emergency is defending our way of life, but actually it is infringing our civil liberties," said Cecile Guerin-Bargues, law professor, University of Paris.

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