France is preventing terror plots every day: the PM

France is preventing terror plots every day: the PMFrench security services are foiling terror plots and dismantling militant networks "every day", but there could be new attacks, country’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday.

Valls also said that about 15,000 people were being monitored for radicalisation as the country continues its drive against jihadist militants. It is 5,000 more than authorities identified as high-risk previously.

"Every day intelligence services, police, foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists. There are about 15,000 people in France who are monitored, because these people are in the process of radicalization," Manuel Valls said in an interview with Europe 1 radio and Itele television on Sunday.

"This week at least two attacks were foiled," he added.

In the first case, three women were detained after a car packed with gas cylinders was found last Sunday close to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. One of the suspected was already charged with alleged involvement in a terrorist act and attempted murder, while other women were questioned by police.

In the second case a 15-year old boy was arrested at his home in Paris on Saturday on suspicion of planning an attack over the weekend. According to investigators, the teenager was under surveillance since April as he was in touch with Rachid Kassim, a French member of ISIS.

"Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target," Mr Valls told French media.
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