Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11
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Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11

Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith

Almost two decades after the events of 9/11, this Handbook offers a comprehensive insight into the evolution and development of terrorism and insurgency since then. Gathering contributions from a broad range of perspectives, it both identifies new technological developments in terrorism and insurgency, and addresses the distinct state responses to the threat of political, or religiously motivated violence; not only in the Middle East and Europe, but also in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North and South America.
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Chapter 24: Jihadism and post-9/11 Europe: the French approach to fighting terrorism

Augustin Guillaume-Barry


Significantly, the French government only started assuming the controversial terminology of a ‘war on terror’ after launching Operation Serval in Mali in 2013. However, France participated in the international coalition in Afghanistan to fight al-Qaeda under the United Nation’s Security Council Resolution No. 1386, and has been one of the most active in most of the US-led actions against terrorism since 9/11, while also pursuing its own national counterterrorist agenda, in relation to the recent waves of attacks it suffered on its soil from 2012 to 2018, with a peak in 2015. This quasi-exclusion of 9/11 in France’s counterterrorism state thinking, while being a core partner and actor of counterterrorism in the post-9/11 context, is interesting and raises the question of the French relationship towards 9/11 and how influential this was in modelling its answer to the global terrorist threat. This distinctive French approach will be the focus of this chapter, while assessing the particularities of the French counterterrorism model, with its strength and weaknesses.

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