Paris, Nov. 19, 2015: French President Francois Hollande greets Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo at a ceremony after 130 people were killed and hundreds injured in a series of terrorist attacks (source: dpa)

Let’s play make-believe: Hollande and France’s ‘security pact’

After the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, French President Francois Hollande was quick to announce that his new centrepiece policy would be a ‘security pact,’ which will take priority over the European ‘stability pact.’ The strategy’s prospects of success for creating greater security in France look bleak. However, there may also have been political motivations at play.

The anti-terrorist measures are not the first to be introduced in France this year. They come on the heels of sweeping surveillance powers given to the intelligence services after the January 11, 2015 attacks on the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> magazine and a kosher gr...

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Dr. Emmanuel Martin
Most of the participants in the terrorist attacks had already been tracked by the security services or had prior criminal records. This suggests the difficulty lay in organisation, resources and execution – issues that emergency measures will not necessarily solve
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