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‘Five terror plots thwarted’ on Riviera since Nice attack

Authorities in Nice say five potentially deadly terror plots on the French Riviera have been foiled since the Bastille Day truck attack in the resort.

'Five terror plots thwarted' on Riviera since Nice attack
A police boat patrols the waters off the beach in Nice during the summer. Photo: AFP

In a documentary to be screened on Wednesday evening the prosecutor of Nice makes a chilling disclosure that as many as five serious plots have been thwarted since the atrocious truck attack on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14th.

In a documentary titled “Deradicalized” to be shown on France 3 prosecutor Jean-Michel Prêtre said the plots were planned to target particular sporting events, schools or places of worship across the Côte d’Azur.

“Several cases were handed over to the specialist counter-terrorist judges in Paris,” said Prêtre.

“They involved plots to attack places of worship or certain gatherings, sporting events, stadiums, schools, which are recurrent themes on the communication published on the internet.”

The prosecutor said the cases sent to specialist counter-terrorist magistrates were of individuals apparently ready to act who had “began to articulate quite specific things about a specific target,” the prosecutor said without giving further details.

Earlier in the week the prosecutor had told a court in Nice how some “70 cases related to terrorism or violent radicalization” had been investigated by prosecutors since the attack on the Promenade des Anglais.

Authorities on the Riviera have moved to reduce the risk of attacks over the summer that saw several events cancelled in the region including the Marseille air show in August.

There may be more big events cancelled in the summer with the Nice to Cannes Marathon scheduled to take place on November 13th – the anniversary of the gun and bomb attacks in Paris – facing cancellation.

A decision will be taken shortly on whether it goes ahead.

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CRIME

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.

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