Nearly 1,000 'security risks' denied entry to France since Paris attacks

Nearly 1,000 people thought to pose security risks have been denied entry into France since stepped-up border controls were imposed ahead of the COP21 climate talks on November 13, just hours before the Paris attacks, the interior minister said Saturday.

They were prevented from entering France "because of the risk these people could represent for public order and security in our country," Bernard Cazeneuve said during a visit to the northeastern city of Strasbourg.

He said nearly 15,000 police, gendarmes and customs agents have been deployed to the borders.

The aim of the boosted controls is to enable the authorities to reinforce security as the COP21 climate talks officially get under way in Paris on Monday and also to confront the high terrorist threat level facing the country, Cazeneuve said, adding that they would make any necessary arrests.

He said 4,000 individuals had been questioned at 285 border control points following the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and were claimed by Islamic State.

He said since the state of emergency started, French police have searched 2,000 houses, detained 212 people for questioning, started 250 judicial procedures and put 312 people under house arrest. Police have also confiscated 318 weapons, including 31 military-grade arms.

France has also witnessed an escalation of acts of violence against Muslims since the Paris attacks. The head of France's National Observatory of Islamophobia, Abdallah Zekri, said last week that 32 such incidents had taken place in a single week across France since November 13, up from an average of five attacks a week.

The French government, which has declared a state of emergency, said it would continue the increased border security as long as the terrorist threat remains high.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:34

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