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France is on high alert for a possible attack after the death of Osama bin Laden. Authorities are stepping up security against any retaliation.

French officials are concerned that France could face a terrorist attack after the death of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. He was killed in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Abottabad, Pakistan.

[Loic Garnier, French Head of Counter Terrorism]:
"France has always been considered an enemy of al-Qaeda notably because we have troops in Afghanistan, because we support countries that are victims of terrorism in the Sahel band, and historically AQIM has always considered France an enemy. So both our interests abroad and specifically in the Sahel are potential targets, rather than our citizens on the French soil."

Bin Laden, in one of his last recorded statements last October, had named France as one of the worst offenders against Islam in the West and encouraged strikes against French assets anywhere.

France announced on Tuesday that it was tightening security at home and around embassies, schools and companies abroad to guard against possible attacks.

[Loic Garnier, French Head of Counter Terrorism]:
"We are not going to change our Vigipirate plans; we can adapt it to some threats we consider more specific depending on the events, and in which case we have asked everyone, not only the Police and the gendarmerie, I mean all the French people to be extremely vigilant."

The police have been on high alert since bin Laden recorded a verbal attack in October on France's policy toward Muslims, criticizing a ban on full-face veils.

The measures, which also apply to international schools, come days after eight French citizens died in a Morocco bomb attack which terror experts say may have been a strike against France.

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