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Christian speaks on life in Brussels under lock down: "the church was full"

by Hannah Tooley

Charlotte De Kesel, a Christian living in Brussels, told Premier's News Hour that she will not let it stop her living life. Speaking after her visit to church following the Paris attacks she said: "I was really surpised and happy that the church was full, a very lively service and people were full of hope, and that's the most important thing."

Police are questioning 21 people after a series of raids in Belgium.

Raids across the capital on Sunday capped a tense day with hundreds of troops patrolling the streets and authorities hunting suspected extremists, including Salah Abdeslam, a fugitive since being named as a key suspect in the November 13th Paris attacks.

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The Belgian government chose to keep Brussels on the highest state of alert into the start of the working week after what it described as a "serious and imminent" threat.

Charlotte De Kesel told Premier that normal life is attempting to go ahead: "There are people on the street, but obviously far less than usual.

"Most people I know went to work or tried to carry on working from home, but the fact is that schools are closed so we have to find a solution for the children."

France has intensified its aerial bombing in Syria and defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle - which has been sent to the Mediterranean to help combat IS militants in Syria - will be "operational" from Monday and "ready to act".

France has also extended a state of emergency - which allows police raids, searches and house arrest without permission from a judge, for three months.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Charlotte De Kesel, a Christian living and working in the city, here:

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