Vigipirate reinforced: an “attempt to take action” foiled on Easter weekend, announces the government

Vigipirate reinforced: an “attempt to take action” foiled on Easter weekend, announces the government

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The security system put to the test. An “attempt to take action” was foiled during the Easter weekend as part of the reinforced Vigipirate plan, government spokesperson Prisca Thévenot announced this Wednesday during the report of the Council of Ministers.

As Paris prepares to host the Olympic Games this summer, Gabriel Attal indicated on Sunday March 24 that he was “raising” the Vigipirate plan in France to the “emergency attack” level, after the attack on Moscow claimed by the Islamic State group.

Increased security for Easter

The security of Catholic churches and Protestant temples had also been reinforced until last Sunday for all religious services at the request of Gérald Darmanin. The Minister of the Interior had called on the prefects to be “extremely vigilant” during this period of religious celebrations.

“Thanks to this mobilization, we were able to stop an attempt to take action. Because yes, there are attempts to take action and thanks to the mobilization of these men and women on a daily basis, we can avoid tragedies. This action was avoided last weekend,” she added. Questioned by journalists, the spokesperson was not able to provide details on this attempt to “take action”. The Interior Ministry did not comment.

Two planned attacks had already been foiled in France since the start of the year. One concerned a planned “violent action against a Catholic religious building” by a man “clearly committed to jihadist ideology”, indicated the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT). Aged 62, this man was indicted and placed in pre-trial detention on March 8 for “criminal conspiracy with a view to preparing crimes against people”, according to the PNAT.

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