The Islamic State terrorist organization has promised to “avenge” the death of its leader last February and called on its supporters to take advantage of the war in Ukraine to take action in Europe.
Gérald Darmanin on Tuesday asked the prefects, the police and the gendarmerie for “reinforced protection” of the places frequented by the Jewish community of France threatened in mid-April by the terrorist group Islamic State.
On April 17, in an audio statement broadcast on Telegram messaging, the jihadist organization promised to “avenge” its previous leader, who died in February, and called on its supporters to take advantage of the war in Ukraine to resume their attacks in Europe.
“In her message, she particularly targets the Jewish community,” wrote the Minister of the Interior in a telegram sent on Tuesday and consulted by BFMTV.com.
The Minister therefore asked the prefects and the directors general of the police and the gendarmerie “to redouble their vigilance and to organize reinforced protection of the places of interest of the Jewish community in France”, in particular the “places of worship, cultural and educational.
On April 4, the Minister of the Interior had already asked the prefects to pay particular attention to security in the country and in particular places of worship, while many religious celebrations were organized last month, with the celebrations of Easter, Passover and Ramadan.