Terror attack: the Vigipirate plan raised to “attack alert” everywhere in France

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 29 October 2020 at 15h10 · Updated on 2 November 2020 at 22h22
The “attack alert” level of the Vigipirate plan has been initiated after the Nice attacks, Jean Castex announced this Thursday at the National Assembly. A defense council is to occur on Friday morning.

France is facing resurging terror attacks: four knife attacks have been perpetrated this Thursday October 29, 2020. To this, the Prime Minister said “the government’s response will be solid, implacable and immediate” and has initiated the “attack alertlevel of the Vigipirate plan.

This level – the highest there is – can be implemented following an attack or if an identified terror group and unlocalized takes action. According to the government’s website, “this level is initiated for a limited time: to manage the crisis. It especially enables to maintain exceptional use of means, broadcast news likely to protect citizens in a situation of crisis”.

The government has initiated the plan when France was targeted by the Al-Qaida group that called for violent actions and jihad via the Thabat press organization on October 25. A call reacting to the caricatures released in Charlie Hebdo and the police actions led in mosques. This Thursday October 29, four attacks occurred, including an “attack as coward as barbaric making the whole country grieve”, leading to three deaths in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice.

Described as “vile” by the Prime Minister, this terror attacks launches an attack on the “freedom of religion and beyond the freedom of conscience”. Jean Castex said in his address at the National Assembly: “The Republic will not weaken; the Republic will not capitulate”.

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