not on the battlefield but insoi inside the hearts and minds of young people in one of the world's most developed countries. france has been terrorized by isis. now everybody from senators to soldiers, even moms, is trying to keep the terrorists at bay. abc's chief global affairs correspondent mashtds thrtha ra there. >> reporter: we're on our way to see a single mother who had a son she feared would be claimed by isis. this is a scarily common story here in france. where the government says there are more than 8,000 muslims who have shown some sign of radicalization. like this woman's 18-year-old son. when your son told you he was
sometimes hunting attackers home by home in neighborhoods like this one. this is st. denis outside paris. it might as well be another world. this is an area where there are many, many immigrants. this past week, seven individuals in france were arrested, accused of being in terrorist networks. three of them allegedly had advanced plans. the mother you saw who asked that her face be kept in shadow we'll call fatima. >> why do you think all these young men and young women are going to daesh? >> translator: they're kind of the perfect target. they believe things easily. >> we were not ready to fight this new threat. absolutely not. >> reporter: french senator natalie gulet is blunt in saying the country must basically start
the fight against isis or daesh as it's called from scratch. >> it's like being on "titanic" with a little spoon. every day you have to prevent the water to come on this side. so right now the jihadists are running faster than the lawmakers. but it's started to be much better. the tools are almost ready. >> reporter: the most important tool, intelligence-sharing. prior to the paris attacks in november, french authorities had this man, fabian, under surveillance. despite that he was able to help plan the attacks. a major failure of intelligence, according to senator gulet. she took us to the home where fabian lived and became radicalized. >> it's a decent place with a nice environment. it doesn't prevent the people to get radicalized in france. >> reporter: leading the search for answers is samia maktuf, a
lawyer who represents the families of the victims of terror in france. >> they don't want to see another mother crying because the son is not here anymore. >> reporter: with her hand-drawn chart showing the connections between terror attacks in multiple countries. she brings to mind the same dogged determination of homeland's obsessive cia agent carrie matheson. >> we have to figure out what happened right here. >> they were well known by the police and the intelligence but they were failure acting. there is lack of sharing information. >> stove pipe. >> yes. that's the problem. >> reporter: that's why now the french government has taken unprecedented steps to improve its intelligence efforts. a state of emergency declared after the november attacks has been extended to last more than a year. the french military has been called up too as u.s. and coalition air strikes have been winning the conventional war
against isis in the middle east, this week killing isis number two, abu mohammad al adnani. isis fighters are now moving beyond the borders to carry out attacks in the west. they've put up security on both sides of the eiffel tower since the shooting here last november. and they have about 10,000 french soldiers patrolling. >> and what do you look out for? >> we're looking for all things strange, not normal. luggage left somewhere -- >> reporter: those clues could be vital to stopping another major attack, like the one on the bataclan concert hall in november. alexis survived that attack. he knows firsthand the price that is paid when intelligence fails. >> i was really upset that
bataclan concertgoers were not protected, because they were known targets. it's really hard to cope with that and to move forward. >> reporter: alex sister has found some solace working for a victims organization, life for paris. there, he and other young survivors work to come to terms with the new normal. >> the fact that these people are extremely young, is also extremely i think -- shocking for my generation. because they are the same age as us. >> reporter: fatima's teenage son, we're calling him omar, says he was radicalized by propaganda videos he saw on social media. what did you think when you saw those images? >> translator: it made me want to go there. it's interesting. >> did you know what isis and what daesh had done to people and murdered reporters, murdered other people? >> translator: no, i didn't know that. i saw it more as an organization
trying to help people there. they were showing people giving food to young boys and young starving children. they were protecting people from the assad government. >> reporter: fatima is very close to her son, and of course knew the truth about isis. but she feared that if she told him not to join them, it would guarantee he would. instead, she tracked him carefully. until he found out about those groups on his own. seeing the devastation of the "charlie hebdo" attack forever changed his perception. >> translator: he said, look at the terrorist attack, look at the terrorist attack. i smiled and said, he's finally going to realize, those are not muslims. >> translator: you should not listen to these people this propaganda. syria is not real life, what's there is not real life. >> as a muslim, do you think they are part of islam? >> no. >> reporter: still, with officials fearing thousands are on the road to being radicalized
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most people go to a psychic to hear about their future or to communicate with the dead. tonight you're going to meet a psychic who claims he can channel living people, specifically, your romantic partner. can this man fix your relationship? aditi roy put him to the test. >> reporter: kelly suarez is not the kind of person you'd normally expect to see knocking on a psychic's door. >> hi, come on in. i'm paul, nice to meet you. >> reporter: kelly's an executive at creole crayola experience. her career is blooming. she's in love. and two years into their relationship, she and her boyfriend tim are moving in together. >> i think that we did a good job of organizing all the things. >> reporter: both are previously divorced. the couple is devoted to the success of their relationship. their main issue? >> sometimes there's a communication barrier because i
want to fix everything. >> we sort of talk past each other. >> reporter: so kelly made an appointment to see one of the most sought-after psychics you've probably never heard of. new yorker paul selig. >> what we say to you -- >> reporter: his followers say it's selig's unusual twist that keeps him booked three months in advance. unlike most psychics he doesn't connect with the dead. >> people call me a medium for the living. >> reporter: fans flock to him for what they claim are telepathic insights into their relationships with other living people. >> i always say, i'm not a psychic spy. people say, is my spouse having an affair? i say, i'm not going to go there. but i can tune into the spouse and i can tune into the dynamic between the two of you. >> you do hear voices? >> my physical ears aren't involved. what it's like is i sort of imagine myself letting go of the driver's wheel and climbing into the back seat of the car. i'll hear one phrase repeated in
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and using my wife's gestures. and just broke me down. >> even if he'd googled you those are things you don't know. >> no. telling me with her finger gestures, listen to me, you're not hearing what i'm saying. >> reporter: in some ways selig is an unlikely candidate for this line of work. he has a master's from yale and retired from academia only last year. >> i had another life. i taught at nyu for 25 years. i ran a graduate program at goddard program. >> when you first started hearing these voices were you worried that something was going on with you, like a mental illness? >> no. because i heard it in context. i was accessing information for somebody else, not for me. that made me trust it. that was a big difference. >> i love you. >> i love you. >> reporter: will he be able to help kelly and tim? >> hi, i'm here for paul selig. >> reporter: he charges $400 an hour. the psychic waives her fee for
appearing on television. >> when i heard the words i come and repeat them so you're going to hear things twice. usually with a name and a question i can step into somebody else. >> reporter: the first person to come up, her brother. >> let me see if i can get him. okay? that's him. >> i can see that. >> he comes through backing away from you. >> yeah. >> not quite sure how to approach. >> i have felt that. >> i think that the worry is again your fear of not being in control. what are you worried about? >> i worry about him finding his way. >> let me go to him. if he doesn't find his way, that's his choice. i have to say, if he doesn't find his way, that's his choice. >> is it possible that you're just really great at reading people's body language and feeling what they're feeling? >> no, not at all. i'm accessing stuff that i shouldn't necessarily be able to access. and the funny thing about the guy you're with -- >> reporter: next, tim. >> i don't think he really wants you to be any different than you are. i just think he wants you to love him as he is, you know? like, this is who i am.
i don't want to change it. i'm trying my best, i'm trying my best. don't make me wrong, you know? >> you literally said that saturday night. >> love the man as he is. i hear you've got a good guy. >> thanks, paul. >> you're very welcome. i hope it was helpful, i really do. >> i feel like i just went on a ride. i think it's very powerful. and it transcends normal life. >> reporter: in san francisco, kari hagar shares similar sentiments. >> it was absolutely mind-blowing. because it was to the core exactly of what i was trying to communicate with him. and there's details. there's mannerisms that he brings up that you absolutely can't argue with. >> reporter: my producer and i had to see for ourselves. so she arranged a reading to ensure his hand couldn't be tipped. >> aditi, a pleasure to meet you. >> reporter: we didn't share which of abc news' 60 or so correspondents would be interviewing him. >> i whisper the words as they
come -- >> reporter: some of the insights fell flat like the reference to my husband's cuff links. >> i don't know why he comes through showing me cufflinks. >> reporter: which he never wears. but others genuinely surprised me. >> jamie shore. >> male or female? >> female. >> this is her. she calls you in, she's protective of you. >> very. >> reporter: skeptics, of course, routinely distrust psychics. >> how do you convince people who have never experienced that, that that exists? >> i don't try to. you know? i'm not a spiritual teacher, on not a guru, and i don't want to be. >> reporter: back in new york kelly is still digesting. >> i think that was better than therapy. because it's as if he cut to the quick, quickly. >> reporter: and her boyfriend tim is optimistic. >> it's going to give us stuff to talk about for the rest of tonight as we go home, we're going to talk about it tomorrow, i think we're going to talk about it a week from now. >> reporter: the couple hoping their story has a predictably happy ending.
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finally tonight, he's had his heart broken repeatedly on national television, and yet nick viall is now coming back for more. >> hi. >> reporter: for this bachelorette veteran, his third time looking for love wasn't the charm. but maybe the fourth will be. >> please give it up for your new bachelor, come on out -- >> reporter: nick viall will be handing out roses "the bachelor" this time around. >> i'm very excited. i'm more nervous. it hasn't worked out so far. hopefully this time around maybe things will end up on a more positive note. >> reporter: after all, the sexy software salesman has a reality
tv resume that's hard to beat. first finding love on andi dorfman's season of "the bachelorette." >> i love you, andi. >> reporter: only to be sent home heartbroken. then falling hard for kaitlin bristow. >> i am in love with you. >> reporter: deja vu. >> no? i'm a little in shock right now. >> reporter: this summer following his heart to paradise. >> there's a big part of me that didn't think i'd be back. here i am. and just kind of excited to see who else is coming. >> reporter: true love or not, fans know viall is no stranger to the drama. >> you better hope everything's good with me and her. >> or what? >> reporter: he infamously outed his sexual encounter with andi. >> if you're not in love with me i'm not sure why you made love with me. >> reporter: only time will tell if viall will finally find love or if he's destined to be the eternal bachelor. for "nightline" i'm abbie
boudreau in los angeles. >> our thanks to abbie for that report. watch "the bachelor" right here on abc. thank you for watching abc news tonight. join us for gma first thing in the morning. we're online 24/7 at abcnews.com and on our "nightline" facebook page. thanks again for watching and good night. >> ashley ward has won $100,000 so far, and is about to come face-to-face with a question worth a $1/4 million. she's a little overcome with emotion right now. can you blame her? let's see if she can get all the way to the $1 million question right now on "who wants to be a millionaire." [cheers and applause]
hi, everybody. i'm chris harrison. welcome to a very special show. are you guys ready to play "millionaire" today? [cheers and applause] me, too. 'cause we are right in the middle of it. as a writer, living paycheck to paycheck, our returning contestant has had an emotional journey to $100,000. i would love nothing more than to give her a million. from the east village in new york city, please welcome back ashley ward. >> hey. >> ashley. you good? >> yeah. all right, my friend, welcome back. >> thank you. >> last we left, i had just said, "ashley, you won $100,000." >> yeah. >> now that you've had time to kind of rest on this and think about it, what does it mean? $100,000 and 3 away from a million. >> it's insane. it means everything. it's, like, such a game changer. like you were saying, it's, you know, to go from a freelance