Phil Hogan: EU civil liberties to be restricted after Paris attacks

European citizens’ civil liberties will be restricted in the wake of the Paris atrocities which have been deemed Europe’s 9/11.

Phil Hogan: EU civil liberties to be restricted after Paris attacks

EU commissioner Phil Hogan emphasised that the Paris atrocities have now “changed everything”.

Citizens can expect less privacy and more security from authorities following the attacks which killed 129 people in the French capital, he told TDs yesterday.

Speaking at the Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee, Mr Hogan said: “On civil liberties, in relation to the problems that we have across the European Union on security and migration, I think we’ll have — because of the actions of our terrorists — a little less privacy and a little more security in relation to the legal situation in our member states.”

“That’s not the fault of the citizens who are law abiding, it’s the fault of the people who wish to engage in this sort of irresponsible actions and terrorist activities. So what happened in Paris has changed everything in my view. It is effectively the 9/11 for the European Union. And we should understand that the people in Belgium, people in many member states across the European Union are certainly in fear of what may happen in the future.”

French ambassador to Ireland Jean Pierre Thebault will visit Paris terror hero David Nolan today, as part of a day of remembrance in honour of victims. “I will personally visit David Nolan, the Irish national severely wounded in the attack in Paris, to express to him and his family our total support and solidarity,” the ambassador told TDs.

Corkman David Nolan, 32, is recovering from wounds suffered when he shielded his girlfriend Katie Healy from IS gunmen who attacked Paris’s Bataclan theatre.

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