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French PM warns of risk of chemical, biological attack

Manuel Valls

Paris : Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned today of the danger of an attack in France using “chemical or biological weapons”, in a speech to lawmakers debating the extension of a state of emergency.

“We must not rule anything out,” Valls said. “There is also the risk from chemical or biological weapons,” he added.

As the investigation spreads across Europe into the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, Valls also called on the European Union (EU) to urgently adopt measures to share airline passenger information.

“More than ever, it’s time for Europe to adopt the text… to guarantee the traceability of movements, including within the union. It’s a condition of our collective security,” he said.

Meanwhile, police in France are going to be allowed to carry weapons when they are off duty, according to a directive from police commanders issued today.

They will be allowed to use their guns in the event of a terror attack providing they wear a police armband to avoid “any confusion”, according to the note seen by AFP says.

At least 129 people were killed in shootings and suicide bombings in the French capital on Friday, targeting a concert hall, bars and restaurants and the Stade de France national stadium.

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