Security Debrief contributor Erroll Southers writes in The Hill about the terrorist attack in Nice and what it reveals about the rising homegrown violent extremist threat in France and around the world.

Soft targets: How Marginalization in France Fuels Recruitment and Terror Attacks – The Hill

The French people have seen their third horrific terrorist attack in 18 months, each one more deadly than the last. It’s a clear strategy on the part of Daesh, more commonly known as ISIS, and the homegrown violent extremist networks throughout Europe. Attacks on “soft targets” are not new for terrorists; they attack, they adapt to security measures, and then they attack again.

The question today is not why a terrorist attacked a celebratory Bastille Day gathering in the streets of Nice. Instead, the question is: why France?

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