Paris attacks, French intelligence services will probe


Paris: The French parliamentary inquiry into the Paris attacks has proposed a fusion of all French intelligence services into one agency. Commission president Georges Fenech said all the French attackers had been known to authorities, but these had not communicated with each other. He proposed a single body like the US National Counter-Terrorism Centre.

The January and November attacks, which killed 147 people in all, prompted criticism of the security response. "Faced with the threat of international terrorism we need to be much more ambitious, in terms of intelligence," said Mr Fenech.

Fenech said intelligence authorities questioned in the inquiry acknowledged failures. He recommended a national counterterrorism agency like that created in the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks. The lawmakers also recommended better European intelligence co-operation. The attacks targeted a kosher market, Charlie Hebdo newspaper, the Bataclan concert hall, the national stadium and Parisian cafes.