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More attacks being prepared against France: French PM

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says more attacks are being prepared not just against France but also elsewhere in Europe.​

“We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared, not only against France but other European countries, too,” he told RTL radio on Monday.

The French prime minister said that Paris attacks were “organized, thought out, planned out of Syria,” warning that, “Terrorists can hit again in the coming days or weeks.”

“We should not be afraid. We should be prepared for it,” Valls added.

At least 132 people were killed and 350 others injured after assailants struck at least six different venues in and around the French capital late on Friday.

France is at war with terrorism and will act accordingly. “We will respond blow for blow,” he said. “We will act, we will strike and we will win.”

Valls further said that the French airstrikes against purported Daesh positions in Syria will continue.

On Sunday, France’s Defense Ministry said that the country’s fighter jets pounded positions it said belonged to Daesh in its de facto capital, al-Raqqah, in Syria, and destroyed a training camp and a command post in the northern Syrian city.

Valls, however, said that the epicenter of the battle against Daesh “is not in Syria but primarily in Iraq. That is where the future is at stake.”

Extensive raids

The French prime minister also said that police have carried out more than 150 raids on suspected extremists since the attacks on Paris.

Several arrests were reportedly made and weapons seized during the pre-dawn raids in the cities of Lyon, Toulouse, Bobinyi, Calais, Jeaumont, and Grenoble on Monday.

‘Hatched oversees’

Also on Sunday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the terrorist attacks in Paris were planned from abroad with support from militants in Belgium.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) speaks with his Belgian counterpart Jan Jambon in the capital, Paris, November 15. (Photo by AFP)

 

“The attacks that hit us on Friday were planned abroad. A group of attackers who were mobilized for the action were situated on Belgian territory and could have provided – the inquiry will tell us – their support in France,” Cazeneuve said.

Cazeneuve made the remarks after talks with his Belgian counterpart Jan Jambon in Paris.

The French official said that the European countries should boost intelligence sharing, calling for “systematic and coordinated controls” at the internal borders of the European Union (EU).

The Belgian interior minister said that his country had managed to bring about a decrease in the number of people travelling to fight alongside Takfiri Daesh terrorist in Syria.

“A year ago, that would be 15 people per month, these days it’s less than five,” said Jambon.

On Sunday, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that two of the attackers behind the Friday assaults in Paris were French nationals who had been living in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

French police have also released a handout photo of a 26-year-old Belgian-born, Abdeslam Salah, who is suspected of being directly involved in the bombings. Police have described him as being “dangerous.”

In a statement on Saturday, Daesh claimed responsibility for the bloody attacks in France. Also on Saturday, Daesh released an undated video, threatening to attack France as long as it continued to participate in a US-led aerial campaign purportedly against Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

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