France: 60 Per Cent Rise in Extremism Since Bataclan Terror Attack

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In less than two years since the Islamist Bataclan terror attack, France has seen a 60 per cent rise in the number of people on the Terrorist Prevention and Radicalisation Reporting File (FSPRT).

At the time of the November 2015 coordinated assaults at the French national stadium and the Bataclan theatre, resulting in the deaths of 130 and nearly 400 injuries, the FSPRT contained 11,400 cases. Less than two years later, the file contains 18,550 cases with Le Figaro commenting: “The file is constantly growing.”

The newspaper reports that along with personal details such as name, address, and criminal records, the file contains details of relationships with other radical Islamists.

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In this Nov.13, 2015 file photo, a woman is being evacuated from the Bataclan concert hall after a shooting in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

The report noted a strong presence of radicals in the departments of Île-de-France (Paris region), the North, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Rhône, and the Alpes-Maritimes (home to the city of Nice, where the Bastille Day terror attack occurred).

Female radicals accounted for 26 per cent of the cases and minors a little more than 16 per cent. Converts to Islam accounted for more than 34 per cent of the identified radicals.

Police officers stand near a truck, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

The released report comes after France has experienced nine terror or attempted Islamist terror attacks since January 2017, including two this month. On August 6, a man was arrested at the Eiffel Tower after drawing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he attempted to breach security at the base of the tourist attraction.

And on August 9, 37-year-old Hamou Bachir from Algeria intentionally ran down six French soldiers in his car on the streets of Paris. Following a manhunt, he was shot and arrested.

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, during an attack on the offices of the newspaper which left eleven dead, including two police officers, according to sources close to the investigation. AFP PHOTO/ANNE GELBARD/Getty

In March, Breitbart London reported that one-third of France’s young Muslims (aged 14 to 16 years old) are much more likely to tolerate violence and to hold fundamentalist religious views. Thirty-two per cent of those polled would not condemn the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher Islamist terror attacks.

Another study found that second generation Muslim migrants fail to integrate into European society and are the most susceptible to radicalisation.

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