Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Parliament votes on new Government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French court rules #burkini ban "clearly illegal"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Biden in Turkey, Colombia Peace Deal, Ethiopia Olympic Protest (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Earthquake in Italy, French Burkini Ruling (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

Read more

FOCUS

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

Read more

ENCORE!

Alexis Michalik: treading the boards in the footsteps of 'Edmond'

Read more

REPORTERS

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why does Italy refuse to see the seismic risk?'

Read more

France

We are at war with terrorism not Islam, says French PM

© François Guillot / AFP | French Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks to members of parliament on Tuesday Janaury 13, 2015

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2015-01-13

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told members of parliament Tuesday that France was at "war with terrorism, jihadism and radicalism", in the wake of the country's bloodiest attacks in half a century.

"France is not at war against Islam and Muslims," stressed Valls, after three gunmen claiming to represent extremist jihadist groups killed 17 people in three days that terrorised the country.

Valls announced a series of measures that will "draw on the lessons" from last week's attacks, including creating "specific quarters" for jihadists in prison.

Two of the gunmen in last week's attacks met in prison and remained in close contact. One of them claimed that the attacks were coordinated.

"We must respond to this exceptional situation with exceptional measures," said the prime minister.

But he ruled out "exceptional measures which deviate from the principles of law and values" in France.

In addition, Valls urged the "regular reinforcement" of domestic spy agencies and surveillance of terrorist suspects.

MPs observed a minute's silence in honour of the victims ahead of the special session, then deputies broke out into a spontaneous and rousing rendition of the national anthem.

Valls received a standing ovation after his speech, in a rare show of unity from MPs.

(AFP)

Date created : 2015-01-13

  • FRANCE

    Man eluded Charlie Hebdo attackers by hiding under sink

    Read more

  • BULGARIA - FRANCE

    Bulgaria arrests Frenchman over 'links to Paris attacks'

    Read more

  • YEMEN

    Video: Yemeni school taught Charlie Hebdo gunmen, ‘Underwear bomber’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)