French tourist sites are to remain on high alert amid fresh fears of an imminent terror attack. Tension rose last month after warnings that al Qaeda could be planning simultaneous commando-style raids in several European cities.
Now alarm bells are ringing again with reports from Saudi Arabian security services that the group is active, or planning to be active, in Europe, especially in France.
French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux revealed the warning, pointing to information confirming the reality of a threat from radical Islamists.
September’s scare included a reported tip-off that a female suicide bomber was planning to attack the French transport system. The recent ban on the full-face Muslim veil has heightened fears France could be a terrorism target.