French airports: more than 70 false bomb threats in five days

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Next to 70 false bomb threats aimed at French airports since Wednesday, sent from “almost always the same email address located in Switzerland», indicated yesterday the Minister of Transport, Clément Beaume, on the radio France Inter.

Alerts on airports are the no “factno little jokers” but of “big idiots or even big delinquents“, accused the minister. Regarding their motivation, “there can be a mixture between people who make bad jokes, who want to scare people for real, and sometimes also a kind of competition in stupidity between hackers“, he suggested. “Since Wednesday, it is almost always the same email address that is used, located outside the European Union, in Switzerland“, he added, suggesting that this put the authors of this “typical email that looks the same from one day to the next» beyond the reach of certain sanctions in the European Union.

Everyone has a responsibility, including platforms and social networks, to not support this type of attack and to cooperate as quickly as possible with French civil aviation and our justice system.», called the minister. Making false alarms is “extremely dangerous” because it mobilizes security forces “for several hours» and forces an evacuation “in some cases so that people gather outside which is also a safety issue», recalled the minister. He indicated that he had asked each airport, for each alert received by email or call, to systematically file a complaint. In total, “more than 60 investigations, all locations combined, have been launched“, he said.

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