- A French counterterrorism source claims the checking has been taking place for “a few of many years”
- Floor and air transportation unions have been complaining about radicalization between some personnel for numerous several years
- A single of the a few attackers in the Bataclan theater assault experienced been a bus driver until finally Oct 2012
A French counterterrorism resource advised CNN that the monitoring has been going on for “a couple of years” and involves the “nationwide railway services SNCF, Paris public transportation firm RATP and airports this kind of as Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly.”
Samy Amimour, 1 of the 3 attackers in the November thirteen assault at the Bataclan theater, had been a bus driver for RATP until finally Oct 2012.
Amimour, 28, was recognized to French stability providers since 2012 when he was positioned under supervision soon after anti-terrorism authorities investigated an aborted attempt to travel to Yemen. He was charged for “actions in collaboration with a terrorist company.” But his vacation to Syria and his return to France had not been recorded.
Whilst the intelligence companies knew about Amimour’s radicalization, RATP did not, according to Elisabeth Borne, the President of RATP. Companies in France are not typically notified about personnel who may have associations with terror suspects.
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Complaints between unions
Ground and air transportation unions have been complaining about radicalization between some employees for a number of years.
“It started all around late 2012, commencing of 2013 the place some drivers and RATP personnel refused to say howdy to girls or had been praying inside of the bus during their functioning several hours,” mentioned Christophe Salmon, head of the union CFDT at RATP.
“According to the theory of secularism within the framework of the organization, it is completely not authorized to show any religious indication,” Salmon mentioned.
Last 7 days, French airport police performed searches at several firms whose workers work at the airport — some of them with access to the tarmac and aircraft, in accordance to Christophe Blondel, Deputy to the Prefect of Airport police.
Paris airport authorities informed CNN that these police searches exclusively targeted three firms located at Charles de Gaulle: Air France Cargo, Servair and FedEx.
All of these firms confirmed the queries had been carried out but advised CNN that none of their employees experienced been terminated. Blondel advised CNN that so considerably there experienced not been any dismissals because the investigation is ongoing.
The police queries were performed “airside” (over and above passport and immigration handle) by 70 troopers from the Air Transport Gendarmerie “in a locker space with 2010 lockers,” Blondel advised CNN.
To accessibility “airside” at Charles de Gaulle, employees have to have a special electronic move-crucial.
Since January, “ten of these fobs have been taken from employees and fifty staff have been refused obtain” to the crucial, Blondel instructed CNN. “These folks have been suspected of becoming also radicalized to have access to airside.”
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