Earlier this month, French security chief Patrick Calvar issued a warning about Islamic State planning a series of attacks in France.
Calvar’s comments were made May 10, but the transcript was released to the media Thursday, after the crash of an EgyptAir flight that originated in Paris.
Calvar is in charge of France’s DGSI internal intelligence agency, which reportedly is worried about attacks during next month’s Euro 2016 soccer championships. A total of 2.5 million spectators will be expected for these games, which will start June 10.
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In the November attacks on Paris, a sporting event was targeted and three people were killed after two bombs exploded outside of Stade de France.
“Clearly, France is the most threatened and we know that Daesh (Islamic State) is planning new attacks,” Calvar said. “A new form of attack … characterized by placing explosive devices in places where there are large crowds and repeating this type of action to create a climate of maximum panic.”
Calvar also warned that radicals were still using migrant routes to sneak fighters across European borders. He was worried that because of U.S. airstrikes in Syria, ISIS was going to hit back twice as hard to show its supporters they are still strong and capable of executing their various plans.
“It’s in a position where it would try to hit as quickly as possible and as hard as possible,” Calvar said of ISIS. “It is facing military difficulties on the ground and so will want to divert attention and avenge coalition air strikes.”
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