A month on, many ‘missed opportunities’ to prevent the Paris attacks on the part of the French intelligence services have come to light. But was this an intelligence failure or the result of the inherent limitations of intelligence?
Soon after the Paris attacks, the prospect of similar massacres happening in the UK was raised. While the danger is serious, crucial contexts specific to the Continent mean the UK faces a different kind of threat.
The Paris terrorist attacks will impact on France’s electoral politics and on the country’s counter-terrorism legislation. But the impact need not be as great as currently expected. The best weapon with which French politicians can arm themselves is sang-froid.