Paris (Reuters) – Two weeks after the first attack, France’s cities remain vulnerable to a repeat, a new report by French security firm IHSE said on Thursday.
The report, issued as Paris grapples with a series of terror attacks, said the city’s “major, important and highly complex infrastructure” remained at risk.
It said there was an increasing risk of attacks at a time when Europe has been on high alert.
It cited a string of recent attacks and the threat of an attack in the Paris region.
“The risks of attacks are increasing, and they are growing rapidly,” said IHES head of global security Thomas Bouchet.
“As a result, the city of Paris should be at the centre of all our attention, including in the coming weeks and months.”
Paris was hit by an attack on the Champs-Elysees that left 130 dead and thousands wounded on November 7, a series that included an assault on the Stade de France stadium and the Bataclan concert hall.
In December, gunmen stormed the Batik metro station and killed 130 people.
In February, an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber targeted a Paris church.
On the other side of the French Alps, police have shot dead a man who was thought to be a potential terrorist.
The IHESA report is not an official assessment of France’s security situation, but it has the force of law in Paris, which has seen a string to major attacks in recent years.
“While there are some significant improvements in Paris’ overall security, it remains an extremely challenging and challenging city,” Bouchet said.
“We will continue to monitor developments, and to take necessary measures.”
In March, Paris’ main train station was bombed, killing 85 people, but the city is also still under constant attack.
Bouchet says that the report is the first step in a new strategy to help police and other security agencies monitor and respond to emerging threats.
“A major part of the strategy we are proposing is to create an integrated security system which includes the security services, intelligence services, social media, internet communications and cyber security, among other things,” he said.
France has been at the forefront of tackling social media and cyber attacks.
The country has been among the first to deploy a system called “Cyber Security” to police and private sector, as well as the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) that provides intelligence and other support.
It is a joint effort between France’s interior ministry, the Department for Economic Affairs and the French government.
“This report will be useful for our government, which is still facing a lot of threats, and for other countries that are still at the frontline of terrorism,” Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux told reporters.
The government has been accused of failing to react to major terror attacks like the attacks in Paris and Brussels, and is under increasing pressure to tighten security measures following the November attacks.
In response, France is hosting the G20 Summit in May in Paris.
In July, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced the arrest of two suspects linked to the attacks and an investigation was launched into the use of a fake social media account.
The report found that the number of terror threats in Paris is now three times higher than it was a year ago, and the number has risen by 40 percent in the past three years.
Bouche said IHS believes the number is increasing at a rate of at least 30 percent a year.