French Legislators Urge Intel Overhaul After Paris Attacks

PARIS (AP) -
Members of the special French RAID forces secure the area for the visit by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket January 12, 2015 near the Porte de Vincennes in Paris, where four hostages were killed in a terror attack on Friday. Jewish schools and synagogues in France have been promised extra protection, by the army if necessary, after killings by Islamic militants in Paris, the head of the community's umbrella group said on Sunday after a meeting with the French President. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Members of the special French RAID forces secure the area near the Hypercacher kosher supermarket January 12, 2015 in Paris, where four hostages were killed. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

French lawmakers say a parliamentary investigation found multiple intelligence failures before Islamic terror attacks that killed 147 people in Paris last year, and are urging the creation of a U.S.-style counter-terrorism agency.

Conservative legislator Georges Fenech, who headed the investigation commission, said all the attackers involved in the 2015 violence had been known to authorities. Some had past convictions or were under judicial surveillance.

Fenech said intelligence authorities questioned in the inquiry acknowledged failures. He recommended a national counter-terrorism agency like that created in the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The lawmakers also recommended better European intelligence cooperation.

The attacks targeted a kosher supermarket, the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, the Bataclan concert hall, the national stadium and Parisian cafés.