MORE than half of all French people live with the constant fear of a looming attack, and strongly believe they could become the next victim of terrorism, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Red Cross.
The news comes in the wake of the one-year anniversary of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris, where a heavily-armed and highly-trained ISIS commando stormed through the lively La République neighbourhood, leaving 130 dead, hundreds injured, and millions mentally scarred.
The shocking poll, which was carried out by the market research institute, Ifop, shows the terror threat to France has crept its way up to the top of the country’s priority list in recent years: only 38 per cent were worried that a massive terrorist attack would hit France in 2010.
An Ifop spokesperson said: “Some 70 per cent of French people said that the wave of ISIS- and al-Qaeda-led terrorist attacks – mostly carried out by homegrown jihadists – to have hit France throughout 2015 and 2016 has only served to exacerbate this fear.”
But, despite being “extremely” worried about the extremist threat, only around one third – 35 per cent – said they would know what to do and how to react in the event of a terror or bomb attack, he continued.
Of those polled, only 22 per cent said they were thinking about enrolling in a first aid course to learn essential life-saving skills.
A Red Cross spokesperson concluded: “It is important for us to raise awareness of how first aid can prevent injuries and save lives in crisis situations.”
On Saturday November 12, the day before the first anniversary of the jihadist attacks, more than 30 Red Cross workers will be holding free first aid training sessions at the Forum des Halles, a shopping centre in central Paris.
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Friday, November 11, 2016