Paris attacks spur criticism of French intelligence

In the neighborhood of Saint-Denis today, soldiers and heavily armed police raid, targeting what police described as accomplices in last Friday's multiple terror attacks. But many are asking how security and intelligence systems failed to stop the attack.
French special police forces evacuate family members from the building where police raided an apartment in Saint-Denis, near Paris, France, November 18, 2015 during an operation to catch fugitives from Friday night's deadly attacks in the French capital. (Reuters/Benoit Tessier)
The streets of Saint-Denis are shut down, shops closed and no traffic. (Lara O'Brien/CBC)
 In the working class neighborhood of St Denis today, truckloads of soldiers, heavily armed police in the middle of a raid, targeting what police described as accomplices in last Friday's multiple terror attacks.
Anna Maria on the streets of Saint-Denis waiting for updated information on the police raid. Information coming from around the cordoned off area was that the police cornered the suspect. (Lara O'Brien/CBC)

By mid morning police were saying at least two people were dead, including a woman who blew herself up. Police were looking for Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a man they believed masterminded the Paris attacks. 

A Saint-Denis resident looks outside while police hunt down Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian Islamist militant accused of being behind Friday's Paris attacks. (Lara O'Brien/CBC)

There have been lots of questions swirling about French intelligence and security, including whether authorities and the wider country could have learned lessons after last winter's attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo.    

Janine Di Giovanni is the middle east editor of Newsweek. She's also the author of a new book on Syria called "Dispatches from Syria: The Morning They Came For Us." Janine Di Giovanni lives in Paris. 

Paris attacks: French police storm suburb in hunt for fugitives

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