AP Blames “Colonial Past and Secular Policies” for Muslim Terror Attacks in France


The Associated Press attributed France’s recent terror attacks to its “colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president.” 

In the article – “AP Explains: Why France incites such anger in Muslim world” – the news outlet fails to place any blame on radical Islam for causing the country’s recent terrorist attack.

The piece opens with:

“Many countries, especially in the democratic West, champion freedom of expression and allow publications that lampoon Islam’s prophet. So why is France singled out for protests and calls for boycotts across the Muslim world, and so often the target of deadly violence from the extremist margins?

Its brutal colonial past, staunch secular policies and tough-talking president who is seen as insensitive toward the Muslim faith all play a role.”

It continues, highlighting how four phenomena have caused an uptick in terrorist attacks: “history, military footprint, strict secularism, outspoken president.”


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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