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France recalls horror of 2015 attacks, foils new plots

Balloons are released in front of the Paris 11th district town hall during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Paris attacks of November 2015 in which 130 people were killed, in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. France's interior minister says French security services have foiled six terror attacks this year, as the country marks three years since gun and bomb attacks in Paris killed 130 people. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — France’s security services have foiled six terror attacks this year, the interior minister said Tuesday as the country marked three years since gun and bomb attacks in Paris killed 130 people.

Christophe Castaner said the most recent thwarted plot involved far-right extremists detained last week on suspicion of targeting President Emmanuel Macron.

Three years after Islamic extremists slaughtered concert-goers at the Bataclan venue and other Paris sites on Nov. 13, 2015, the terror threat to France remains high but has “changed shape,” with the Islamic State group weakened and counterterrorism efforts strengthened, the minister said.

“Nearly every week” security services “intervene on the ground to neutralize risks” and their work is dissuasive to potential attackers who “know that we keep watch, that we hear,” Castaner added.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and other officials marked moments of silence and laid wreaths at the sites of the 2015 attacks. Colored balloons with the names of the victims also were released in Paris’ autumnal blue skies.

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