The French army have been dispatched to guard water facilities around Paris on Saturday amid escalating fears that ISIS are about to conduct a chemical attack in France.
This comes just days after French Prime Minister Manuel Valls confirmed that the risk of chemical or biological warfare being conducted against French citizens was a very real threat.
12 protective suits used to protect people from such attack were stolen from a Parisian hospital. An additional 30 protective boots made of chemical-resistant material, as well as gloves and anti-bacterial masks have also gone missing.
A spokesman for Necker hospital in southwest Paris said: “The disappearance of this limited amount of equipment was noticed on Wednesday and a complaint has been filed.”
The revelation comes as Belgian capital Brussels heightened its terror alert to the maximum level amid fears of a Paris-style attack.
Dangerous chemicals were also discovered among “an arsenal” of weapons in a flat that was raided today in Brussels district Molenbeek.
Several members of the band of jihadis that unleashed terror across Paris last Friday night were from the troubled Belgian suburb – which has dubbed as Europe’s hotbed of Islamic extremism.
Eau de Paris (Paris Water), the capital’s state-run water company, has banned access to six vital facilities to all but key personnel.
A spokesman said: “Our eight security agents are the only ones to be accredited by the Ministry of Defence and are in permanent contact with the terrorism cell of Paris police headquarters.”
Troops are currently stationed around protective fences at water storage plants – which are equipped with sensors used to detect intruders.
Eau de Paris has also increased the amount of chlorine added to water at five key supply sites.
The water company spokesman said: “The water is always chlorinated for health reasons, but the dose injected has been raised. When the chlorine level drops, it means there is biological contamination.”
Hospitals and emergency services across France have been supplied with the antidote to Sarin – an extremely potent chemical weapon – and other nerve gas chemicals for the first time.
The Army’s medical service was also ordered to distribute stocks of the drug Atropine which is used to treat poisonings.
France has declared a three-month state of emergency following the deadly attacks in its capital committed by terrorists armed with suicide belts and Kalashnikovs.