France Audio Analysis: The Islamic State’s Attacks in Paris


PHOTO: Victims are covered on the pavement outside a Parisian restaurant on Friday night (Anne Sophie Chaisemartin/AP)

I spoke with BBC outlets this morning about Friday night’s attacks in Paris that killed at least 128 people.

The interviews took place before the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the assaults.

BBC WM: Listen from 1:06.04

BBC Gloucestershire: Listen from 1:11.14

The conversations range from immediate reactions to the attack to the objectives of the attackers to security measures to “What should we do now?”.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. Scott, you did not describe Paris as a bastion of Hollande’s regime/army and offhandedly dismiss the civilian casualties as mere ‘people’ … this is in pointed contrast to your distinct lack of horror re. the recent suicide bombings in Beirut by the same perpetrators for the same reasons.

    Care to explain why fallen Europeónes matter more?

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