French police REFUSE to make picture of wanted Afghan asylum seeker public, despite fears he is plotting a terror attack on Paris
- French security chiefs are looking for an asylum seeker from Afghanistan
- Investigators fear he may be plotting a terror attack on the capital, Paris
- The unnamed man has reportedly been in France for the last two months
- Comes as France reels from two ISIS-inspired attacks in under a month
French security chiefs are hunting an Afghan asylum seeker over fears he is plotting a terror attack on Paris – but are refusing to make his picture public.
The unnamed man has reportedly been in France for the last two months and police are understood to have circulated a picture of the suspect.
But incredibly, French intelligence are not making the image of the suspect available to the public.
It comes after it emerged that a picture of one of the ISIS fanatics who butchered a priest in Normandy was sent to police stations four days before the atrocity was carried out.
As well as the image of Abdelmalik Petitjean, security services were warned an attack was imminent. The 19-year-old later killed Father Jacques Hamel, 85, in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
His photo had been widely distributed to police stations after the anonymous tip-off ‘from abroad’ on July 22. It was received with a colour photograph of Petitjean, and said he ‘was preparing to take part in an attack on national territory’.
It was one of two deadly attacks inspired by ISIS in under a month.
The country has been under emergency rule since militant gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris in November.
Last month, a Tunisian drove his truck into Bastille Day revellers in Nice, killing 84 people, and two Islamist militants cut the throat of an elderly priest.
It comes as France reels from two deadly attacks inspired by ISIS in under a month.
Paris is on high alert, wary in particular of the potential for an attack on the ‘Paris Plage’ beach festival.
Every summer Paris closes off a major road along one bank of the river Seine and dumps sand to create an artificial beach.
Following the Nice attack, vehicles and concrete blocks are being used to block entrances to the site.
More than 50 summer festivals and events are receiving special security attention this year following last month’s attacks.
Several have been cancelled on the basis that they cannot meet security standards.