In a move that puts to rest any doubt that Daesh understands France at all, their propaganda magazine has announced that the Front National’s supporters are a “prime target” for their next attack.
“The question isn’t whether France will be attacked again,” an editorial in Dar al Islam said. “The only relevant question is where and when.”
FN secretary general Nicolas Bay was quick to respond: “FN events in the crosshairs of the Islamic State… Satisfied, Manuel Valls?”
Manifestations du FN dans la ligne de mire de l’Etat islamique…
Satisfait @manuelvalls ?https://t.co/dgrJXha3KH pic.twitter.com/4GY1J8r6BC
— Nicolas Bay (@nicolasbayfn) February 7, 2016
Louis Aliot, the vice president of the Front National, said in an interview with RFI that the threat should be treated as credible and has asked the Ministry of the Interior for protection.
Some politicians have compared the FN to Daesh recently, citing the similar institutional goals of dividing the French people. Romain Caillet, an expert on Salafi jihadism with the Institut Français du Proche-Orient, believes the use of the slogan “To vote for FN is to vote for Daesh” may have annoyed the Islamic State, provoking it into threatening the Front.
Le slogan irresponsable “Voter FN, c’est voter Daesh” a peut-être agacé les jihadistes et provoqué ces menaces dans le magazine de l’#EI
— Romain Caillet (@RomainCaillet) February 7, 2016
The motives behind the threats remain to be confirmed, although the whole thing has a certain “enemy of my enemy” madness to it.