President Francois Hollande declared an ‘Etat d’urgence’ (state of emergency) after the tragic and horrifying terror attacks in Paris In November 2015,, but what exactly does this mean?
It was only the second time since World War II that France had taken such drastic measures within its own borders. The state of emergency is still in force.
According to the ‘Etat d’urgence’ laws of 1955 law, authorities can lock down complete neighbourhoods and even whole towns, close down entertainment venues, order spot searches inside any premises, set curfews, ban public meetings…..
In the aftermath of the Paris murders, the papers we’re full of talk of the Fiche S.
This is a list of people who are already under suspicion as a possible security threat, and should be watched.
Omar Ismail Mostefal, one of the Bataclan bombers had a fiche S, as did one of the Charlie Hebdo killers.
Politicians have asked that those with a fiche S be tagged electronically or detained in some way. The present Fiche S already has 12,000 names on it according to Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Border controls, police road checks and airports regularly refer to this list, as well as the ‘fichier des personnes recherchées’ (FPR).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]