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What is happening in France vis-a-vis terrorism?

Of all the Western nations France seems to suffer the highest level of terrorist attacks. Why is this?

Episode 190 – France appears to be the epicentre of jihadi terrorism: where is this going?

Stade de France/Bataclan Theatre, November 2015: 130 killed and more than 400 injured by jihadis. A priest priest brutally murdered in Rouen in 2016 by jihadis. Schoolteacher Samuel Paty beheaded by jihadis at his school in 2020. Now, three years almost to the day since that last attack, another teacher killed, in Arras, by a jihadi. What is up in France? Gendarmerie Nationale analyst Alexandre Rodde helps us understand the situation in his homeland.

About my guest

Alexandre Rodde is a security consultant specialised in terrorism and mass shootings. His work includes risk assessment, threat monitoring, and research on national security subjects. Alexandre works with the French National Police and the French National Gendarmerie to train their tactical units to respond to terrorist events and mass shootings scenarios.


In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them. 

About Phil Gurski 

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.