July 16, 2016

Why France Is a Prime Target for Militants

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists Julian E. Barnes, Matthew Dalton

The truck rampage in Nice brought to 242 the number of people killed in terror attacks in France over the past four years, a grim count that shows how the country has become the prime target for jihadist violence in the West.

France’s prominent military role, both in Africa and in its bombing campaign in Syria, has made it the leading European focus of Islamic State militants, the group’s supporters and other extremists, according to French officials and Western experts. Its colonial legacy has also fueled hatred of the country along the margins of its Muslim communities. 


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  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...