FERRY TERROR: France sends police and soldiers to Calais amid warnings ISIS will target a UK-bound craft
- Specialist forces have been called in to monitor ports, including Calais
- Intelligence warnings suggest UK-bound ferries could be at risk of attacks
- French president Francois Hollande said he would increase armed security
- But this move has surprised British authorities who said it’s ‘alarming’
- Heavy traffic is set to hit main routes on what’s dubbed as Black Saturday
The specialist forces have been called upon following intelligence warnings that ferries heading to Britain could be at risk.
Motorists heading to France this weekend have been warned to brace themselves for extreme congestion once they cross the Channel.
French highway authorities are warning that heavy traffic is set to hit main routes throughout the country on so-called Black Saturday, when there is a crossover between holidaymakers heading home and those just beginning their breaks.
The heightened risk of a terrorist attack across the Channel comes after the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice, which killed 84 people and the execution of a priest in a Normandy church.
The French president Francois Hollande said he would increase armed security at transport hubs and crowded areas, but the move at Calais is said to have shocked British authorities.
A senior UK security source told the Daily Mirror: ‘The presence of the police and soldiers near Calais is very alarming – there’s nothing routine about it.
‘Apparently they are at a high state of alert because there is a fear of jihadists getting on to a ferry headed for Britain and executing people on the ship.
‘It is also possible that ISIS may
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