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23 September 2010

Countering transnational crime focus of visit by French Secretary of State for Justice to INTERPOL

LYON, France – Tackling cross-border crime threats through collaboration was the focus of a visit on Wednesday to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters by France’s Secretary of State for Justice, Jean-Marie Bockel (pictured second from right).

A meeting between Mr Bockel and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble underlined the importance of international police co-operation to national and regional security, as well as of enhancing awareness between judicial authorities on INTERPOL’s global tools and services, particularly against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and Internet paedophilia.

In this respect, developing more fluent relations between judicial bodies and INTERPOL on international arrest warrants and INTERPOL Red Notices for internationally-wanted persons was high on the agenda. With France one of the first countries to provide its border control points with direct instant access to INTERPOL’s database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, thereby putting in place a significant barrier to criminals and terrorists attempting to enter the country, Mr Noble said France had ‘repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to international policing’.