In 2014, French spy chiefs made a fateful decision: They stopped monitoring the two men who would go on to commit the Charlie Hebdo attack.
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“When an attack happens and you had no prior intelligence, that’s one thing,” former French domestic intelligence counterterror chief Louis Caprioli tells FRONTLINE and ProPublica in the new, joint investigation, “Terror in Europe.” “But when you find out that you could have prevented it, that is a tragedy.”
In “Terror in Europe,” FRONTLINE and ProPublica tell the inside story of the missteps and systemic breakdowns in the runup to the Charlie Hebdo, Paris and Brussels attacks — and investigate why Europe remains so vulnerable today.
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