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Europe must wake up to terror threats






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France's government has said European countries must "wake up" to terror threats after the attacks on Paris. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters that: "It is urgent that Europe wakes up, organises itself and defends itself against the terrorist threat." The Paris attacks left 129 people dead and over 350 injured. Dozens of those are still in hospital in critical condition. Mr Cazeneuve said it was too easy for terrorists to move around Europe. One of the Paris attackers entered Europe through Greece. He was pretending to be a Syrian refugee.

The French Ambassador Francois Richier agreed. He said: "I believe no country in the world will tolerate this. Terrorism is an important issue. It needs to be addressed. We are currently raising this issue at the UN Security Council this week." More countries are joining the fight against terrorism. Britain wants to take part in air strikes in Syria. Britain's leader will soon ask politicians to vote on this. Russia is also very active in Syria. It is carrying out air strikes following the bombing of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt in October that killed 224 people.

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