“I asked the prefect of police to tell me why I underestimated the threat on this street, (Nicolas) Appert,” located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, the minister told France 2.
“There was an attack and obviously we could have done better,” he said, adding that Charlie Hebdo had moved to a secret address four years ago – something that was not necessarily known – and that the street was not targeted by “any explicit threat.”
The leaders of the production company Premières Lignes, whose two employees were victims of the attack with the butcher while smoking in front of the building where they work, denounced the absence of any police device to defend the headquarters, in the context of the ongoing process the bloody terrorist attack that took place at the headquarters of the satirical magazine in January 2015.
“After the Charlie Hebdo trial began, there was absolutely no security for this symbolic street and building,” one of Premières Lignes leaders, Luc Hermann, told BFMTV.
“The prefecture may say that rounds are being held, but it is not enough,” the Libération daily added.
Shortly before noon on Friday, a man armed with a butcher injured two people – a man and a woman, both in their 30s – near the magazine’s former headquarters on rue Nicolas Appert.
The suspect, an 18-year-old Pakistani man, was still in custody on Saturday.
After republishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on September 2, Charlie Hebdo was threatened again by terrorist organizations.
“These threats are a real challenge in the midst of the January 2015 bombings. They go far beyond Charlie, because they target the entire press and even the President of the Republic,” Emmanuel Macron lamented, Riss, director of Charlie Hebdo, in a statement to AFP. .
The director of Human Resources of the satirical magazine was taken out of the house under cover of these threats.