Sarkozy said that external terrorist threat is important, but France should focus on controlling it internally, finding the reasons for which French citizens are convinced to commit terrorist acts and change the situation.
"The threat that weighs on us comes from movements or groups based abroad ... but we must not hide from the fact that it also comes from people living here, recruited by Salafist groups, trained in schools in the Middle and Far East and who, when they return here, pose a threat."
"Communities turning inwards, problems integrating into society and religious excesses must be tackled." "Our immediate operational priority remains the administrative and judicial neutralisation of Islamist networks and activists."
Six French nationals have been killed in Iraq since 2003 and around 10 others are believed to be currently fighting ON THE TERRORIST SIDE.
Michel Gaudin, head of police, confirmed a couple of months ago that the GSPC, radical Algerian Islamist group, contacted Abu Musab al-Zarqawi concerning the preparation of terrorist acts in France.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin will keep the red alert, 2nd highest level, because "the terrorist threat has never been so high." De Villepin is constantly gaining popularity with his smart speeches, giving him a good shot at the elections held 18 months from now.
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