The widow of the police protection officer killed outside the offices of the satirical magazine, Franck Brinsolaro – who was on duty guarding the editor-in-chief, Stéphane Charbonnier – has now filed a legal complaint this week over security failings.
She alleges that security at the offices was slack. She told French radio:
"For me, Franck was sacrificed. He saw the dysfunction, he lamented the lack of security at the offices, he said people could slip through."
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a worker in the building had seen Chérif Kouachi in a car outside the offices and that Kouachi had warned the worker: "we’re watching them”. Despite the warning being advised to the security services, it remains unclear whether any course of action was taken.
Soft Targets Known to Intelligence Services
It has now emerged – according to Le Monde newspaper – that French intelligence agents had interviewed a jihadist who had returned from Syria in June 2015 and who said he had met Abdelhamid Abaaoud, one of the November 13 attackers who killed 130 and injured hundreds more in a series of attacks in Paris.
The jihadist told the officers that Abaaoud discussed soft targets in Paris that would involve mass killings. He spoke of "finding an easy target, a concert for example, where there are [a lot of] people".
"Imagine a rock concert in a European country, if we gave you arms, would you be prepared to fire into the crowd?" he said.
One of the November targets was the Bataclan music venue where most of the 130 people died. Other soft targets were the Stade de France, where a match was being played, cafes and restaurants.
Intelligence agencies in Europe are already facing heavy criticism that one of the November 13 Paris attackers, Salah Abdeslam, from Belgium, was known to the law enforcement services yet managed to buy detonators in France using his driving license as proof of identity.
The ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was able to return from Syria several times via the migrant route of Greece without being detected.
Abdeslam has criminal convictions for theft and drugs violations in both Belgium and the Netherlands, but although known to police, he was not on the terrorist radar.