Terrorism in France

The risk of terrorist attacks in France over the past years can be classified as low. Compared to other countries so far here are are only a few incedents. Over the past 5 years a total number of 148 terrorist incidents has been recorded, in which 264 people have been killed and 638 injured. Among them were 5 suicide acts.

In 9 incedents a total of 64 people have been kidnapped or taken as hostage.

Topic page: Terrorism


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Most frequent attack targets in France

(2012 to 2016)

TargetAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Private citizens7222860532
Business3514414145
Religious institutions19446
Police12211712
Government7110
Military4430
Educational institution3420
Telecommunication2000
Journalists & Media1121211
Transportation1030


Most affected regions

(2012 to 2016)

RegionAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Corsica73320
Ile-de-France2416116852
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur11874400
Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées6814
Occitanie6020
Languedoc-Roussillon4000
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes3041
Rhone-Alpes3121
Nord-Pas-de-Calais2030
Midi-Pyrenees2000
Pays de la Loire2000
Brittany2000
Poitou-Charentes2000
Hauts-de-France2000
Burgundy10110
Indre-et-Loire1130
Centre1000
Picardy1000
Normandy1316
Grand Est1010


Terrorist organisations in France

OrganisationAttacksKilledInjuredHostages
Islamic State813612920
Jihadi-inspired extremists7944367
Comite d'Action Viticole5000
Corsican Nationalists3000
The Justice Department1000
Al-Qaida1121211
Anti-Semitic extremists1010
No Borders Group1000


All information sourced from the "National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism" (START) and its Global Terrorism Database. An act of terrorism is concidered every incident which is aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal, but not for pure profit motives. In addition these incidents must not be legitimized by warfare activities, listet in the Geneva Conventions of 1949.