French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Thursday that the European Union must “wake up” to the threat posed by terrorists in the wake of the attacks in Paris last Friday.


Bernard Cazeneuve

Cazeneuve stated: “It is urgent that Europe wakes up, organises itself and defends itself against the terrorist threat.”


Cazeneuve underscored that Paris had received no warning from other European Union members that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected organiser of the attacks that left 129 people dead, was even in the bloc.


EU ministers are set to hold emergency talks Friday on tightening border checks after the deadly attacks in the French capital raised troubling questions about the bloc’s security.


As he arrived for the meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels on Friday, Cazeneuve urged the EU to move quickly on the counter-terrorism issue.