Paris attacks: Call to overhaul French intelligence services

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    French intelligence services should be overhauled in the wake of the 2015 Paris attacks, a parliamentary commission of inquiry has recommended.

    Various services should be merged into a single agency, the commission said.

    Commission president Georges Fenech proposed a body similar to the US National Counter-Terrorism Centre.

    The attacks in November 2015, which left 130 people dead, prompted criticism of the security forces’ response.

    “Faced with the threat of international terrorism we need to be much more ambitious… in terms of intelligence,” said Mr Fenech.

    Meanwhile the continuing state of emergency imposed after the attacks was only having a “limited impact” on security, the commission found.

    Between 6,000 and 7,000 soldiers are on duty in France as part of the extra security measures, deployed to protect schools, synagogues, department stores and other sensitive sites.

    “I am wondering what real added value they provide in terms of securing the national territory,” said socialist MP Sebastian Pietrasanta.

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