France Has Become The Number One Target For Extremists In Europe

By Earnest Jones , The Goldwater · 02-04-2017
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There’s increasing tension in France after the recent attack which has proved that the country has become the number one target for extremists in Europe. A series of horrific attacks have claimed the lives of citizens as they go about their day-to-day activities, the machete-wielding attacker who pulled a knife on soldiers at the Louvre has also sparked fresh fears about the terror threats.

There have been many atrocities that have been committed in the country. The Charlie Hebdo attack which took place back in January 2015. On the 7th of January 2015 attackers murdered 12 people during a raid on the Charlie Hebdo’ Paris Offices including a police officer. The following day, two people were shot in the Paris suburb of Montrouge.

On the 9th of January, police caught up with the Kouachi brothers and after an eight-hour stand-off, the armed cops shot the brothers who had emerged firing at the police. As the police officers surrounded the printing firm, an attacker took several people hostage at a Kosher supermarket. The attacker, who was identified as Amedy Coulibaly threatened to kill people if the Kouachi brothers were not released.

Unfortunately, four hostages were killed.

The same year on the 21st of August 2015, six passengers on a high-speed train that was travelling from Amsterdam to Paris tackled a man who emerged from a toilet cubicle wearing a backpack on his chest and carrying a rifle, the gunman fired several shots and one man was hit in the neck. Fortunately, the attacker was handled by three off-duty American servicemen. The gunman was identified as Ayob El-Khazzani who was a 25-year-old Moroccan.

Three months down the line, France was hit by the Paris attacks in November 2015, on the night of Friday November 13, a series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 and injured hundreds.

On the 14th of July 2016, the Bastille Day massacre saw a 19-tonne lorry ploughed into crowds as they were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, the attack left 86 people dead and injured hundreds. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was in possession of an automatic pistol, bullets, a fake automatic pistol and two replica assault rifles and an empty grenade when he drove the lorry into families that were watching the fireworks.

The Catholic church killing which took place on the 26th of July 2016 claimed the life of Father Jacques Hamel, 86, who was murdered at the altar by two fanatics at a Catholic church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy as he held the service in the morning.

Catholic church killing – July 26 2016

The attackers had pledged allegiance to the terror group ISIS, who claimed responsibility for the attack.

As is that’s not enough the Louvre attack which took place on the 3rd of February this year saw a machete-wielding knife man attack a French soldier at the Louvre art gallery in Paris before being shot five times. The police authorities said that the man attacked the soldiers when they told him he could not enter the Carrousel du Louvre, which is an underground shopping mall located beneath the gallery.

The fatal incidents that have been taking place in France is a great indicator that the European country ought to embrace a travel ban on Muslims in a bid to curb the terror attacks that have been very rampant.

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