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Ordinary terrorist, ordinary heroes: French papers react to foiled train attack

Live from the newsroom, FRANCE 24's Oliver Farry provides an overview of stories making French newspaper headlines.


Moroccan-born Ayoub El Khazzani is described as an "ordinary terrorist", whose path resembled that of many other "apprentice jihadists". The French papers wonder about the efficiency of the French terrorist database, since El Khazzani, who had been given the "S File", for individuals posing a threat to national security, was able to carry out the attack, or at least try to.

There are also concerns that a bigger attack might be around the corner after a number of smaller-scale ones in recent months.

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