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Some 1,000 people barred from entering France since Paris terror attacks

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Published 28/11/2015 | 21:47

Soldiers patrol the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris as security is stepped up following the November 13 terror attacks (AP)
Soldiers patrol the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris as security is stepped up following the November 13 terror attacks (AP)

Nearly 1,000 people have been barred from entering France since border controls were put in place just after the Paris terror attacks, the French interior minister said.

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Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking in the eastern city of Strasbourg, said that nearly 15,000 police, gendarmes and customs officials are manning France's borders, notably the borders with Belgium, where the three teams of attackers started their deadly journey, and Germany.

One hundred and thirty people died in the November 13 attacks.

The borders were re-enforced in the run-up to the COP21 climate talks that start on Monday and in the wake of the attacks.

Mr Cazeneuve noted the "very high threat level" that has yet to abate.

Besides those barred from entering France, 300 people have been placed under house arrest as part of a state of emergency.

People lay flowers and candles as they gather at the memorial near the Bataclan
People lay flowers and candles as they gather at the memorial near the Bataclan

Two dozen of the 300 are considered potential threats to public order during the two-week climate summit.

Also on Saturday, a French judicial official said that investigators are trying to verify whether a leading suspect in the attacks bought about 10 detonators at a specialised store outside Paris in September or October.

New images from the aftermath of the police raid reveal the extent of the damage caused by the dramatic showdown between the holed-up terrorists and the French security forces. ITV News/PA Wire
New images from the aftermath of the police raid reveal the extent of the damage caused by the dramatic showdown between the holed-up terrorists and the French security forces. ITV News/PA Wire

Investigators are in the process of checking whether the detonators were sold to Salah Abdeslam, who is on the run and the subject of a massive manhunt, the judicial official said.

The daily newspaper Le Parisien reported that the manager of a company in the Val d'Oise region, north west of Paris, had recognised Abdeslam after wanted posters were issued and contacted police to say he had sold electrical detonators to him.

A damaged wall inside the flat in Saint-Denis raided by police following the attacks in Paris. ITV News/PA Wire
A damaged wall inside the flat in Saint-Denis raided by police following the attacks in Paris. ITV News/PA Wire

The official said investigators have been checking whether the man reported to have bought the detonators was, indeed, Abdeslam, one of two people who escaped after the attacks.

A damaged exterior wall at the flat in Saint-Denis raided by police following the attacks in Paris. ITV News/PA Wire
A damaged exterior wall at the flat in Saint-Denis raided by police following the attacks in Paris. ITV News/PA Wire

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