The French Minister of the Interior considers that the most prominent threat to his country and Europe is “Sunni Islamic terrorism”

Posted in: 05/20/2023 – 14:51

During his official visit to the United States, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan considered, on Friday, that “Sunni Islamic terrorism” is the most prominent threat to his country and Europe. In the same context, he called on the United States for joint cooperation in combating terrorism, especially before Paris hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin considered that “terrorism The Sunni Islamist” is the most prominent threat to his country and Europe, calling during a visit to the United States to strengthen security cooperation with Washington, especially before Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Darmanin said Friday in New York, “We came to remind them that for the Europeans and for France, the first danger is Sunni Islamic terrorism, and cooperation to combat terrorism between the intelligence services is absolutely necessary.”

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“While Americans may have a more patriotic view of crises (such as) white supremacy, frequent mass shootings, and conspiracy, they should not forget what appears to us in Europe as the number one threat: Sunni terrorism,” he said.

Darmanan concluded a two-day visit that included Washington, New York, and the United Nations headquarters, aimed at strengthening cooperation between the police and the judiciary in France and the United States, as noted in an agreement signed by the two countries in 2016, and it affects the areas of combating “terrorism” and major crimes.

During the visit, Darmanan met US officials and visited a training facility for the FBI.

In New York, he also discussed with the city’s police commissioner, Kishant Sewell, ways to maintain security and order during major events, including what France is preparing to host, such as the Summer Olympics in Paris (July 26-August 11, 2024), and the Rugby World Cup (September). and October 2023), and the visit of Pope Francis to the southern city of Marseille on September 23.

Darmanan pointed to the “resurgence of the danger” associated with “Islamic terrorism” targeting France and its European neighbors, without providing additional details.

The French minister expressed his regret at “the departure of the Americans from Afghanistan” and France’s withdrawal from the African Sahel region, speaking about “the re-formation of the cells of ‘ISIS’ (the circulating name for the ‘Islamic State’) in the Levant, which makes these external threats in light of the events that will be organized France is at high risk of terrorist attacks.

France 24/AFP

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