The Washington Post reports that five sticks of dynamite were found in the ritzy Printemps department store in Paris. The French news agency Agence Frand-Presse said “it received a letter at its Paris headquarters warning that several ‘bombs’ had been placed in the men’s section of Printemps” The letter also stated “Get this message to your president….otherwise we will be in action again in your capitalist department stores…without warning you.” The letter was signed by the “Front Revolutionaires Afghan”
This Printemps store where the dynamite was found is located on the Boulevard Haussman near the Gare St. Lazare train station in Paris. The letter was mailed somewhere in Paris. The Le Monde in Paris noted that previously “a Taliban military commander warned in a video that France faced retribution if it did not pull troops out of Afghanistan.” CNN states that this warning “is the second time in a week that AFP has received a warning about the store.”
Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president, has pledged his support to add more troops to the battle in Afghanistan. CNN reports he stated: “We cannot afford to see the Taliban and al Qaeda returning to Kabul.”
Just weeks before the holidays, with department stores world wide jammed with holiday shoppers is terrorism in “capitalist” retail stores a threat shoppers should be wary of? More stores throughout the world are becoming much more conscious of security. Some have armed guards outside, especially jewelry stores, and some have installed security systems requiring shoppers to ring a bell before they are buzzed into the store. Will stores become less open and more security conscious now?
Upon the recent terrorist attacks in India it seems perhaps societies as a whole may need to reconsider security measures. Do stores and hotels need more video cameras to capture images of people entering the store? Do they need more security and far fewer entrances?
I know I always find it intrusive when I see signs that a store is video taping people entering the store. When I’m in a whimsical mood when I see the sign I will give a wave if I spot the camera. But with the recent melee at the Walmart store where a man was trampled to death, and with the terrorist attacks in India, now my opinion is changing. Perhaps stores and hotels need much more security and high tech devices to closely track the comings and goings in the establishment.