Many voices on the right and on the far right are raising the link between immigration and terrorism after the terrorist attack in a Rambouillet police station on Friday.
A vision that does not share the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism, Laurent Nuñez, who affirmed on France Inter that 4 / 5th of the perpetrators of attacks in France were foreign nationals.
“Between 2014 and 2020, of the 184 individuals involved in 101 successful, failed or foiled attack projects, 40 were of foreign nationality, or 22%,” Laurent Nuñez told
While France is again in mourning over the death of a police officer, killed in a terrorist attack in Rambouillet on Friday, political voices, on the right and on the far right, claim that these attacks are the result of a uncontrolled immigration.
As evidenced by the comments of Marine Le Pen, the president of the RN, just a few hours after the attack, of her spokesperson Jordan Bardella on Monday morning on CNews, or of the president (Libres!) Of the Île-de region -France, Valérie Pécresse, who called on Sunday to "stop denying the link between terrorism and recent immigration" on Europe 1. A breach in which several other elected Republicans did not hesitate to rush, like Eric Ciotti on RMC or Rachida Dati in the JDD.
We must stop denying the link between terrorism and recent immigration.
Europe and France must regain control of their borders by controlling immigration flows and accelerating deportations of illegal
- Valérie Pécresse (@vpecresse) April 25, 2021
The government, which is due to present a bill on Wednesday "relating to the prevention of acts of terrorism and intelligence", wished to express its opposition to this reading of terrorism in France.
"I will never accept that we draw a line, that is to say that we say that immigration is equal to terrorism, as some politicians seek to do", opposed the spokesperson. of the government, Gabriel Attal, on LCI this Monday.
A vision shared by the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism, Laurent Nuñez.
"I want to remind you that since 2015, 4 / 5ths of the perpetrators of terrorist attacks are French nationals," he said at the microphone of France Inter.
Immigration and terrorism - @NunezLaurent: "Obviously radicalized individuals in an irregular situation are expelled as a priority (...) [But] Since 2015, 4 / 5ths of the perpetrators of terrorist attacks on the national territory are French nationals" # le79Inter pic.twitter.com/4QbBfFRlAJ
- France Inter (@franceinter) April 26, 2021
verified this claim.
In a 2018 study titled “137 Shades of Terrorism. The jihadists of France facing justice ”, the French institute of international relations (Ifri) analyzed the profiles and the backgrounds of 137 individuals convicted in France in cases of jihadism, from 2004 to 2017.“ When we were interested to the nationality of the perpetrators of attacks in France, we found that 69% were French, that 22% were dual nationals, and that 9% were foreigners ”, explains Marc Hecker, the author of the study, at
"In recent years, and particularly in 2020, the proportion of foreign individuals committing terrorist acts seems to increase", nuances the researcher specializing in terrorism, with reference to the attack of October 29, 2020 in Nice, committed by a Tunisian national, and the attack on Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, on October 16, 2020, where a Russian national beheaded Professor Samuel Paty. "The proportion advanced by Laurent Nuñez seems correct, and does not clash with our analyzes", judge Marc Hecker.
asked Laurent Nuñez to obtain the details of his calculation.
“Between 2014 and 2020, of the 184 individuals involved in 101 successful, failed or foiled projects, 40 were of foreign nationality, or a proportion of 22%,” the national coordinator of intelligence and the fight against terrorism told us.
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