EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ilva Johansson issued a stark warning about the escalating risk of terrorist attacks in Europe, attributing it to the polarization fueled by the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
The Christmas holiday season adds a new layer of concern to the security landscape.
This alert follows a recent incident near the Eiffel Tower where a man claiming allegiance to ISIS attacked three civilians, resulting in one fatality.
Despite Paris authorities citing the attacker's psychological problems, Commissioner Johansson expressed worry, emphasizing that such events have occurred in Paris and beyond in the past.
German Foreign Minister Nancy Fezer offered condolences to France, emphasizing the gravity of the threat posed by Islamic extremism in Europe.
She pointed out that the conflict in Gaza could further amplify the risk, turning terrorist actions into acts of revenge against European states.
As Paris readies itself to host the upcoming Olympic Games, security concerns loom large.
The Paris police bomb squad anticipates a "serious challenge," with recent incidents underscoring the strain on their resources.
Controlled explosions were carried out on suspicious baggage, highlighting the heightened stress on security units.
With the Games' opening ceremony slated for the Seine's banks and expected to draw tens of thousands, questions arise about potential security adjustments.
French Sports Minister Amélie Udea-Caster dismissed the idea of changing the ceremony's location, stating that there is "no plan B" in consideration.
Christophe Pezron, the head of the bomb disposal team, reassured that extensive preparations have been underway for over 18 months.
While expressing confidence, he emphasized continuous efforts to enhance effectiveness, stating, "We are not resting on our laurels. We are working harder to ensure our team is as effective as possible.