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July 14, 2016: France was again targeted by the terrorists. A fully loaded lorry filled with guns and 'large' weapons rammed over the crowd, killing 84 people, including children. The attacker's identity is now found and ISIS has ultimately claimed responsibility for the attack. The attacker was Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was a 31-year-old, French resident, born in Tunisia. He was being shot dead by the police during the shootout. Surprisingly, the attack took place on an auspicious festival called Bastille Day, or French National Day. France terror attacks had been so redundant which raises a question in everybody's minds. Why France?
Where we noticed that ISIS generally chooses festivals for attacking places, but, that isn't true. Of course, there lies a pattern, it's not apropos to the festivals, but the regions, too (on an observational note). Do you know why France has become the number one target for terror attacks? Read on to enlighten yourselves.
France has a history of Islamic radicalism since decades. There were two attack blows in the 1990s. First was a bloody war between authorities and extremist groups in Algerian colonies. Second was linked to the native militants in the Northern France who were focused on the amalgamation of armed robbery and jihadism.
France had been pretty occupied with the Muslim world for an elongated period of time than any other Western country. When it vanquished Algeria, since 1830, the country had more of Muslim Africa. After WWI, France took control over Syria and Lebanon. Many French people settled in North Africa. After WWII, many North African shifted to France to work in new factories. Some settled in Paris, some in Lyon and the rigged north.
But the workers stayed. This was also shown in a movie called La Haine, where it made clear that these explosions had nothing to do with the religion.
The France-Algerian war echoed throughout the country, especially in the south. From 1954 to 1962, Algerians then fought on both sides of the war. Then a far-right National Front was founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen. Now, his daughter, Marine leads the party.
But France continued to intervene in order to defend its national interests in Africa and the Near East. This was tantamount to battling Al-Qaeda and ISIS in Mali, Iraq (and, perhaps in the future, Syria). So, when rebellious people visit jihadi websites, they find French-speaking Muslims put a bug in their minds about how their government is committing sins against their "brothers and sisters" in Iraq and Syria.
Modern France has its own way of implementing the tradition. Charlie Hebdo, a magazine which ridicules religions in a satirical way. The best thing about Charlie Hebdo is -- it takes down all the religions with pretensions. Christians, Muslims, Michael Jackson, you name it.
Moreover, the attack will intensify to the rise of Far Right in France and also, throughout the Europe. The National Front is already reeling the attack as a sign of disharmony between Islam and the values of France.
Marine Le Pen says, "We must not see terror attacks come after another and count more deaths without taking action.The war against the scourge of Islamist fundamentalism has not begun; it's now urgent to declare it."
1. Generally, the attackers are aged between 18-36, who had been involved in petty crimes, often served jail sentences and belong to a poverty-stricken family background.
2. These attackers are often isolated in nature, or to be more specific, people with anger issues, bipolar disorders etc.
3. As I mentioned above, they belong to a poverty-stricken family background. Also, they are either employed on a low salary or no job at all. It's quite obvious, they are paid a lump sum amount to execute the killings.
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1.Paris, 7-9 January 2015:17 killed in attacks that started at the Charlie Hebdo office
2. Nice, 3 February 2015: Three soldiers guarding Jewish community centre targeted in knife attack
3. Paris, 19 April 2015:Algerian IT student arrested on suspicion of shooting dead a women in her car
4. Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, 26 June 2015: Man kills and beheads his boss, tries to blow up gas plant
5. Amsterdam - Paris train, 21 August 2015: Moroccan national opens fire on train but is overwhelmed by passengers
6. Paris, 13 November 2015: 130 killed in gun attack on restaurants and Bataclan concert hall
7. Valence, 1 January 2016: Man tries to run down troops guarding a mosque
8. Paris, 7 January 2016: Moroccan-born man wielding a meat cleaver tries to attack police station
9. Magnanville, 13 June 2016: Police officer and partner killed at their home in knife attack
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