Saturday, December 10, 2016

Most French people fear terror acts in Christmas holidays

More than two thirds of French citizens believe terrorist attacks will hit their country during Christmas celebration, according to a survey released on Friday.

And about 71 percent fear an attack will happen by the end of year which "is a particular target for terrorists," the Odoxa survey said.

The poll also showed 54 percent of respondents think government's anti-terrorism measures not enough to protect them.

And around 30 percent think Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, will be the best politician to handle the security issues, far more than the 16 percent to President Francois Hollande.

France has become a major target of terrorist attacks following its military operations in Syria, Iraq and the Sahel region.

As terror threats remain high, the government updated the country's national security alert system Vigipirate plan to three levels, namely vigilance level, enhanced vigilance level and attack level, from previous two levels.

The refreshed alert system took effect on Dec. 1.

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