French legislators urge intel overhaul after Paris attacks

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Gunfire and explosions shook the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis early Wednesday as heavily armed police stormed a building where suspects linked to Friday's deadly terrorist attacks were believed to be holed up. Police blocked off roads before dawn Wednesday and told residents to stay inside in Saint-Denis, a diverse, working-class area that is home to the Stade de France sports arena where three suicide bombings took place Friday. The situation developed quickly over many hours, but by late morning in Paris, the French government said the siege was over.

French legislators urge intel overhaul after Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers say a parliamentary investigation found multiple intelligence failures before Islamic extremist attacks that killed 147 people in Paris last year, and are urging the creation of a U.S.-style counterterrorism agency.

Conservative legislator Georges Fenech, who headed the investigation commission, said all the attackers involved in the 2015 violence had been known to authorities. Some had past convictions or were under judicial surveillance.

Fenech said intelligence authorities questioned in the inquiry acknowledged failures. He recommended a national counter-terrorism agency like that created in the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The lawmakers also recommended better European intelligence cooperation.

The attacks targeted a kosher market, Charlie Hebdo newspaper, the Bataclan concert hall, the national stadium and Parisian cafes.

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