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Paris attack suggests ISIS has new reach with European radicals

Information is still incomplete but it appears attacks done in the name of ISIS have links to more than one European country. Today we hear from people tracking ISIS on what these attacks signal about the organization and look at homegrown terrorism and international tutors.
A rose placed in a bullet hole in a restaurant window the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris on Friday. The note reads "In the Name of What?" (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol )

So far, investigators say at least three of the seven attackers who died in Paris were French nationals -- one who lived in the city of Chartres, southwest of Paris. Prosecutors suspect that man – 29-year-old Omar Ismail Mostefai – may have travelled to Syria before returning to Europe last year.

France has been increasingly gripped by the challenge posed by so-called foreign fighters. Officials say there are an estimated 520 French nationals fighting in Syria, and another 250 who have returned to France.

According Michel Wieviorka, there are various paths that lead to radicalization of young people who can then be used by ISIS to advance their aims.

Michel Wieviorka is a French sociologist who studies violence and terrorism, and Director of the Center of Sociological Analysis and Intervention, in Paris. 

A man kneels and weeps at the site of a makeshift memorial for the Paris attacks at the Place de la République. France held a moment of silence on Monday for the victims in Friday's bomb and gun attacks at different sites in the city. (Ellen Mauro/CBC)

Some observers fear the Paris attacks prove ISIS is gaining influence outside its territory in the Middle East and Africa because such large scale violence was carried out in part, by so many French citizens. 

Loretta Napoleoni is the author of "The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State & the Redrawing of the Middle East".    We reached her in London, England. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino and Marc Apollonio.

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