PARIS (AP) – France’s prime minister demanded tougher anti-terrorism measures Tuesday after deadly at-tacks that some call this country’s September 11 – and that may already be leading to a crackdown on liberties in exchange for greater se-curity.
Police told The Associated Press that the weapons used came from abroad, as authorities in several countries searched for possible accomplices and the sources of fi-nancing for last week’s attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a kosher market and police.
A new suspect was identified in Bulgaria.
“We must not lower our guard, at any time,” Prime Minister Ma-nuel Valls told Parliament, adding that “serious and very high risks remain”.
Lawmakers in the often argu-mentative chamber lined up over-whelmingly behind the govern-ment, giving repeated standing ovations to Valls’ rousing, indignant address – and then voted 488-1 to extend French airstrikes against Is-lamic State extremists in Iraq.
“France is at war against terrori-sm, jihadism and radical Islamism,” Valls declared. “France is not at war against Islam.”
He called for increased surveil-lance of imprisoned radicals and
told the interior minister to quickly come up with new security propo-sals.
French police say as many as six members of the terrorist cell that carried out the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen.
The country has deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites, in-cluding Jewish schools and synago-gues, mosques and travel hubs.