France Asks EU to Speed Up Implementation of Tighter Security Measures

France requests an emergency meet of EU's justice and interior ministers to speed up and implement measures already under discussion ahead of December climate talks.

Police react to a suspicious vehicle near La Carillon restaurant following a series of deadly attacks in Paris, France, November 15, 2015.
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REUTERS - France called on Sunday for an emergency meeting of EU justice and interior ministers to take place on Nov. 20 to speed up and implement security measures already under discussion.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the attacks on Friday that left 132 dead were planned from abroad with support from France. Investigators have found that the attackers had either come from or had support coming from Belgium.

Speaking after talks in Paris with his Belgian counterpart, Cazeneuve signalled out arms trafficking as a priority for coordination at the EU level.

"Arms trafficking is one the things we need to fight if we are going to be effective in fighting terrorism," Cazeneuve told journalists after meeting with his Belgian counterpart.

Cazeneuve also said that EU governments and the European Parliament needed to rapidly reach an agreement on a system to share airline passenger data, without watering down.

Lawmakers have resisted endorsing the system, known as the Passenger Name Record (PNR), on the grounds it could infringe people's privacy.Cazeneuve also said that European countries needed to improve their intelligence sharing and ensure there are "systematic and coordinated controls" of the European Union's external borders.

France reintroduced border controls even before the attacks to tighten security ahead of high-profile international climate talks Paris will host at the end of the month.