18 OCT 2010
By Andrew Rettman (Saudi intelligence issues EU terror alert
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Saudi Arabian intelligence has issued a fresh alert about an Al-Qaeda plot in Europe, hot on the heels of a similar warning from the US last month.
Speaking in an interview with French radio station RTL on Sunday (17 October), French interior minister Brice Hortefeux said: "I can tell you - and it's not information that's been made public yet - that even a few hours, a few days ago, there was a new message, from the Saudi services, indicating to us that Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula was certainly active, or expecting to be active, in Europe, especially France."
The minister noted that the French national security alert level is to stay at "reinforced red," one step below the maximum "scarlet" level.
He added: "This is not about overestimating the threat or underestimating it ... I am indicating, based on all these elements, that the threat is real."
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