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France in the cross-hairs for militant groups

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>> Slaughter at Charlie Hebdo's offices, multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris, and now this. Last week's deadly truck attack in Nice bore the hallmarks of Islamist militant groups. If this one thing is Islamic State and French officials seemed to agree on, it's that France has become the prime target.
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Reuters Tom Hanigan says foreign and domestic policy terms secularist culture may have put France in the cross hairs.>> France is very active in the international fight against radical Islamism, they have fighter jets that are bombing Syria and Iraq. They're helping the Kurds, who are fighting the Islamic State there.
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They also have troops in West African countries like Chad and Mali to help them to fight back jihadists there. In domestic policy, they've also taken actions which ended groups like Islamic State. For example in the name of the strict separation of church and state, they don't allow muslim head scarves for example school girls, they're not allowed to wear them to state schools.
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They don't allow the full face veil anywhere in public, they say that it's a threat to public security. And so that's another thing that Islamic state propaganda constantly mentions, that these infidels are against our religious rights.