France’s mutating terror threat

PARIS — France faces a mutating threat as Islamic State-backed terrorists update their techniques and aim to avoid being killed during future operations, the head of French domestic security warned.

Attacks in Paris and Brussels relied heavily on suicide missions that left most assailants dead. Now terrorists will probably seek to use car bombs and remotely-detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in order to save operatives and strike repeatedly, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s main “DGSI” domestic security agency, told a closed-door parliamentary hearing in May, according to Le Figaro, which published a report on the testimony Tuesday.