countries have beefed up security following Friday’s multiple attacks in
Paris that killed more than 120 people and drew strong condemnations
from the international community.
About seven well-coordinated shootings and bombings rocked central Paris
Friday night, one of which turned into a hostage taking at the Bataclan
theater and concert hall where hundreds of people were attending a rock
Calling the attacks "an act of war that was prepared, organized, planned
from abroad with internal help", Hollande, together with Prime Minister
Manuel Valls and several ministers, including Interior Minister Bernard
Caseneuve, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in addition to army
chiefs pledged to dig for adequate security measure to ensure the safety
of the eurozone’s second leading power.
French anti-terror police are working to find out potential accomplices
to the attackers as the French authorities claimed that they couldn’t
rule out the possibility that other militants involved in the attack
remained at large.
Meanwhile, several European countries have decided to upgrade their
terror preparedness following the Paris attacks.
Italian government has raised alert level to two, meaning that special
military forces are ready to immediately intervene at need.
The Hungarian government’s national security committee held a special
meeting on Saturday attended by the prime minister, and ordered
heightened security including an increased police presence in public
places and at important facilities such as the airports and the Paks
nuclear power plant.
Dutch cabinet increased alertness of all its related security services
and intensified border surveillance.
Slovak authority has introduced several security measures since Friday
midnight after the Paris attacks.
According to Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, the country have
increased monitoring of Slovakia’s border with Ukraine and Hungary and
in asylum seeker reception centres in Eastern Slovakia and in Gabcikovo
in Western Slovakia.
Nordic country Finland Saturday announced that it is raising its own
degree of terrorism preparedness as well, according to the statement
made by Finnish Minister of Interior Orpo.
Lithuanian leaders expressed on Saturday the need to strengthen security
by the European Union’s external borders, the country has also taken
additional security measures.
Due to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, Spain is
considering to raise the country’s terror alert. The Spanish Ministry of
Interior is asking for assessment of the risk of terror, which in Spain
is currently at 4 level on a scale of one to five levels.