By Joseph Downing
France is experiencing one of the most horrifying and severe bouts of terrorism since World War II. Given how often French streets have been targeted by terrorists in the past year, it’s easy to see this as a unique problem. Even in a world beset by regular terror atrocities across the globe, the frequency must surely tell us something.
Some have even gone as far as to resurrect the spectre of French colonial history. Resentment, they argue, still lingers after the painful and bloody war of independence in Algeria that contributed to the collapse of the Fourth Republic.
Much has also been made of France’s social problems. Concentrating minorities in situations of socio-economic marginalisation has left the suburbs of French cities to become breeding grounds for radicalisation. Periodic bouts of mass disorder in poor high rise estates, most recently across France in 2005, but as early as the 1970s in Lyon, give further credence to this view. These recent terrorist incidents are part of a longer-term, France-specific trend.
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