France Launches Civilian Army to Support Police Against Terrorists

France Launches Civilian Army to Support Police Against Terrorists © AP Photo/ Michel Euler

18:42 22.01.2016(updated 18:44 22.01.2016) Get short URL

Analysts in France have identified the most likely targets for the next terrorist attack, by monitoring the “jihadist internet bubble” amid a tightening of security, as internet companies and civilians are urged to join the fight against terrorism.

France has been on a high level of terrorism alert since the Charlie Hebdo and attacks in January 2015 and November 13, 2015 in a year that has seen the nation shaken to its core. French law enforcement, military and intelligence services have been at breaking point at times and remain on high readiness for another attack.

French military intelligence analysts have identified methods and targets using a predictive analysis of sites and close jihadist forums environments – known as the “jihadist internet bubble” – according to documents seen by the Midipyrénées France newspaper.

La Defense, Paris – the major business district — is the subject of a risk of attack by drone.

While in the north – the Strasbourg European Parliament is identified as likely to be the target of a shooting.

The Lille European museum could be hit by a suicide bomber, and the bridge of Saint Nazaire could also be attacked.

In Lyon, the hydrocarbon area south of the metropolis presents a risk of attack car bomb. In the south, the Port of Marseille-Fos is liable to a bomb attack drone or aircraft.

Finally, the airport zone of Toulouse is in danger of a suicide bombing or a shooting. None of targets are in imminent danger, yet the analysts say the information is ‘out there’.


The news comes as French web designer and businessman Jean-Francois Pillou launches a campaign to get computer experts and hackers to start up new businesses to support the French intelligence agencies in the fight against terrorism.

He is calling for the “Uberization” of the anti-terrorism fight, using technology to sharpen the response of security and emergency services.

He was referring to Uber, the company that develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request that is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars.

“Start-ups are revolutionizing industry, why not the fight against terrorism?” Pillou asked in a Facebook post shared over 100,000 times in the week after the attack. Pillou told the AFP news agency:

“It is a world-first, it is the first time authorities and especially the police agree to ask the public for help… admitting they don’t have all the solutions.”

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