What does the term ‘fiche S’ mean?

I heard the term “fiche S” used about the perpetrator of the attacks at the Strasbourg Christmas market. What is this and why was he free to roam? I.I.

Fiches S is a watchlist relating to state security – the “S” stands for sûreté d’Etat – it is an alert system.

At the end of last year, the list contained 29,973 people who are thought to potentially pose a serious threat. Around a third of them were linked to an Islamist movement. Others include anarchists, gangsters and hooligans.

Those who are fiché S have not yet attempted a crime related to the reason for their listing. Some have not committed any crime but are listed because of their acquaintances.

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