Why Islamic State is targeting France

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks on Friday, November 13th. But why has the terror group made France its “principal target”, ahead of other states involved in the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria? French journalist and author David Thomson, an expert on French jihadists, explains the background to Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux.

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David Thomson is a journalist at French public broadcaster RFI and author of the recent book Les Français jihadistes ('French jihadists') published by Arènes. Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux interviewed him to discuss the motives behind the actions of Islamic State, who have claimed responsibility for the Paris terror attacks on Friday November 13th.