France’s Ambassador to India Francois Richier SAYS: France will share information with India on the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, as it is important to counter terrorism with cooperation.
Mr. Richier told : We have already shared information on this attack, although our security agencies are still trying to track the perpetrators.
He said the French government had been tracking the Charlie Hebdo attackers for some time, and believed they were part of a “radical group,” but not members of Islamic State (IS).
However, he said the “sizeable numbers” of French and European nationals going to fight in the IS was a “growing concern,” and might have proven as an “inspiration” for the attack.
Last week, the European Union’s counterterrorism chief had said an estimated 3,000 Europeans were now fighting in the IS
A video was also released by the terror group targeting France which specifically raised concerns.
Indian and French security officials had discussed sharing lists of those suspected to have joined the IS, although the numbers in India were estimated to be much fewer, nearly 15.
Asked if incidents reported in Paris, Lyon and other towns of attacks on mosques caused worries of a backlash, Mr. Richier said: It is not established yet that these incidents are related to the terrorist attack.
The French embassy in Delhi received condolence messages from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Mr. Richier said: This could have happened anywhere, in India, in Europe, in the U.S., so it is clearly a message of solidarity, to cooperate together against terrorism.