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NCJ Number: 134767 Find in a Library
Title: France Faced With Terrorism
Journal: Terrorism  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:(July/September 1991)  Pages:157-170
Author(s): M Wieviorka
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 14
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Faced with diverse terrorist actions over a short period of time, France has worked out and modified a policy for dealing with terrorism.
Abstract: French counterterrorist policy took shape during the 1980s and has followed the sanctuary doctrine whenever possible in dealings with international terrorism. The consequences of this include: the Foreign Office has lost out to the Home Office; the administration of justice has often been forced to yield to raison d'Etat; and finally, counterterrorist activities have been centralized. France has realized that international terrorism shifts the balance of power and responsibilities within the executive branch of the State, as diplomacy fails and the Home Office swells in importance. France also knows that dealing with terrorism, whether of domestic or foreign origins, necessitates a centralization and coordination that give more force to the executive. 26 notes (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics
Index Term(s): Foreign police; France; Police response to terrorism
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