In 18 months France has been the target of three major terrorist attacks claimed by jihadists in which more than 230 people have died.
The country has also been kept on edge by a succession of shocking but less bloody attacks and attempts to kill, often by lone extremists.
With the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for the latest massacre in Nice in which 84 people were killed, we ask why France has become such a target for jihadist violence:
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Source Credits: Valérie Leroux in AFP