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France urges better intelligence cooperation amid rampant threats

English.news.cn   2014-06-02 05:27:20

PARIS, June 1 (Xinhua) -- French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Sunday said to push through concrete measures to further cement intelligence cooperation in Europe where national Jihadists put at risk the regional security.

"The international cooperation is essential," said the French minister.

In a joint press meeting with his Belgian counterpart Joelle Milquet, Cazeneuve announced further a meeting will be held Wednesday in Luxembourg to "take concrete measures to boost exchange of information between our intelligence services."

Mehdi Nemmouche, arrested on Friday in the southern city of Marseille was "a fanatic shooter, a fighter without honor," according to the government's official.

Earlier in the day, Paris prosecutor said the 29-year-old suspect was carrying in his luggage a Kalashnikov automatic rifle and a gun with ammunition and clothes similar to those used in the shooting last weekend.

Nemmouche was a "recidivist offender" who has been radicalized during his last jail sentence in 2007. He traveled to Syria in 2013, to join fighters against Syrian regime, he added.

About 700 French nationals and residents are said to have joined the Syrian civil war, with 285 nationals still in the war-torn country.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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