More than 8 in 10 French adults surveyed said a terror attack is "probable" in the next six months
The survey found the most common concern among the French population is the possibility of major terror attacks in the next six months.
According to a YouGov survey, more than 8 in 10 French people think that another makor attack in France is “probable”, and a majority of these (46 per cent) deems it even “very probable”.
The survey asked 1,001 French adults for their views with less than 10 per cent saying an attack in the next six months is “not probable”.
The fear of terrorism voiced by French people is an immediate reaction to the attacks that scarred the collective consciousness during 2015 and 2016
Institut Jacques Delors
Institut Jacques Delors analysed the survey results for UK-based think-tank Demos.
The Institut said: “The fear of terrorism voiced by French people is an immediate reaction to the attacks that scarred the collective consciousness during 2015 and 2016, and which provoked unrelenting feelings of extreme violence, unpredictability and repetition.”
France has been in a state of emergency since the November 2015 Paris attacks which saw 130 people killed in a series of targeted attacks at sites including the Bataclan and bars and restaurants across the French capital.
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The Institut warned the issue of terrorism is likely to be a deciding factor in the upcoming presidential election.
In a 485-page study into the “politics of fear in the EU”, the Insitut told Demos: “This belief in the inevitability of a terrorist incident is one of the major changes in French society over the last two years.
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According to a YouGov survey, more than 8 in 10 French people think another attack is “probable"
Marine Le Pen has criticised the French government's attempts to tackle extremism
"Today, the issue of terrorism has become one of the cornerstones of French politics and of political and media discourse, and is very likely to be one of the determining elements in the upcoming elections.”
The “fight against terrorism” was raised as an important issue in the election in an Ifop-Atlantico survey carried out in July 2016.
It comes as Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National, criticises the French government for not doing enough to tackle extremism.
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Speaking as she walked along the Promenade des Anglais to pay tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack, Mrs Le Pen said: "I would like to see all the measures (against extremism) enforced so that the existing risk is brought back to its lowest.
"I have the feeling that, today, this risk remains at its highest."
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