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Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

May 25, 2017, 6:30pm BST - 8:00pm
LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics

London School of Economics
United Kingdom

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Do recent ISIS inspired terror attacks in France represent an outbreak of violence that has long been building?

In this lecture, author and terrorism expert Gilles Kepel reveals the truth about the virulent new wave of jihadism that has Europe as its main target. Its aim is to divide European societies from within by instilling fear, provoking backlash, and achieving the ISIS dream - shared by Europe's Far Right - of separating Europe's growing Muslim minority community from the rest of its citizens.

As the elections in France, which took place right after another jihadi attack in Paris, show how polarised the country has become Kepel can provide fresh insight for anyone interested in France today.


  • Gilles Kepel is professor of political science at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. His books include Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle EastThe War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West, and Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam.
  • Chair: Hugh Sandeman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS

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