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France and Spain to set up joint police corps to combat terrorism

France and Spain are to set up a joint police corps to combat terrorism by Islamic extremists, Spanish Justice Minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar said following a meeting with his French counterpart here.”Today we are going to take a very important step in the anti-terrorist fight within the European Union in signing the first accord for a joint Spanish-French inquiry corps,” Aguilar announced after conferring with French Justice Minister Dominique Perben. The body will consist of police and magistrates and will seek to crack down on the armed Basque separatist group ETA — an area where Paris and Madrid are already cooperating closely — “but also, and of course right away, on Islamic terrorism, notably (its) financing,” Aguilar said.Full Story

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