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Europe to boost rail security after Paris train attack

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:13

European ministers meeting in Paris vow to intensify railway security following last week's foiled train attack in northern France. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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STORY: More than a week after American tourists thwarted an attack on a train bound for Paris from Amsterdam... Travelers at Paris' Gare du Nord station say security could be better. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARISIAN, SIMONE, SAYING: "There is no baggage control or examination, people's identity is not necessarily checked..." And it was the subject of a meeting in Paris Saturday, between Europe's interior and transport ministers. But Thomas de Maiziere, Germany's interior minister, says that while the EU must improve cooperation on addressing cross-border threats... ...it simply wasn't feasible to screen every passenger and suitcase. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER, THOMAS DE MAIZIERE, SAYING: "This is technically impossible and would be a victory for terrorists to destroy our free travel." Nevertheless, with concerns over security and illegal immigration running high, officials in Paris are vowing to beef up efforts. Some even want to see changes to the Schengen code -- the group of 26 countries that eliminated passport controls between borders.... In hopes of putting travelers' minds at ease.

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Europe to boost rail security after Paris train attack

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 01:13