Saturday 1 October 2016

Threat of terror attacks will not stop the Euros

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

Patrick Calvar, France’s head of covert internal intelligence, gave a chilling account in which he revealed 'a new form of attack . . . characterised by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic'
Patrick Calvar, France’s head of covert internal intelligence, gave a chilling account in which he revealed 'a new form of attack . . . characterised by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic'

The tyranny of the terrorist dictates that nothing is sacred other than that which they deem to be so. So six months after the massacre in Paris and on the same day that another passenger jet was stricken in a supposed terrorism attack, we are warned of a campaign of bomb attacks as Euro 2016 becomes a target for jihadis.

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Patrick Calvar, France's head of covert internal intelligence, gave a chilling account in which he revealed "a new form of attack . . . characterised by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic".

Militants left their ruthless calling card in the City of Light by cutting down 130 innocent civilians in a spate of murders at cafés, bars, a stadium and a music venue in Paris in the run-up to Christmas last year. We, therefore, should not be too shocked to think they might strike again, given that unarmed civilians relaxing at a sporting showcase would be seen as a rich target for the fanatics.

But the liberties that are treasured in Europe were won by standing up to the tyranny of terror, which comes in many guises. They will not be lightly surrendered.

Total security cannot be guaranteed, and vigilance and caution are no longer optional. As French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "We will not drop our guard."

Yes, there will be delays at airports and stadia and there may be an unwelcome sense of edginess and unease.

But the Euros will go on.

Irish Independent

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