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Terror Threat ‘Remains Very High’ Two Years After Paris Attack

Monday marks the two-year anniversary of the terror attack that killed 130 people across Paris.

France remembered the victims of the “first case of mass killings” in the country Monday with ceremonies across the nation. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb thinks the country is better equipped to detect threats now compared to 2015, while adding that the threat level “remains very high.”

“We did not think that was possible in France … now we are prepared,” Collomb told newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche published Saturday. “Our services are better equipped to detect threats, they do it every week, quietly.”

France went into a state of emergency hours after the attack. The measure was in place for nearly two years before President Emmanuel Macron replaced it with a series of anti-terror laws Nov. 1. (RELATED: France Ends State Of Emergency After Two Years Of Terror)

The country’s interior ministry claims 32 terror attacks have been foiled over the past two years, with 13 of them being planned in 2017. More than 100 people have been killed in a variety of attacks authorities failed to prevent.

Lawyers and activists have warned that the new legislation essentially makes all the state of emergency measures permanent.

It turns warrantless property searches and house arrests into common police practice. Banning protest marches, shutting down places of worship suspected of sharing extremist views and electronic tagging for surveillance purposes are other powers police that would be granted under the legislation.

Over the past two years, more than 4,600 warrantless raids have taken place and 19 Islamic centers have been shut down. Some 18,550 people are currently registered by authorities as potential radicals, up from 11,400 in 2015, according to a report released in August.

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