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France, Religion and Terrorism, from the perspective of a religious visitor

The question you ask yourself when you see headlines like this is “Why?” And perhaps also, ‘Why France?’ According to an article from Le Monde published this February, of 22 known terrorists in France, 15 have been of French nationality and 13 have been French-born. To understand more than the English-speaking mass media can tell you about why this is happening, you need to be there, speak the language, read policy documents, listen to how people talk, and ‘get’ the inferences, the politics and the jokes. And you probably need to come from outside France. I am a protestant Christian from Britain, and having lived and worked in France for nearly 2 years, I see reason to believe that radical Islam’s beef with France is not random.

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