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June 20th, 2012

June 20 1288173 300x200 MEDIA ALERT: French Police Capture Armed Man in Toulouse

TOULOUSE, FRANCE-  French police have captured an armed man who took four hostages in a Toulouse bank Wednesday.  According to French media reports, the man claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda and acted for religious reasons. The hostages have been released. (Source: Al Jazeera / BBC News).

Analysts available for comment:

Jean Yves-Camus is a political analyst and research fellow at IRIS. He frequently comments on European perceptions of Israel. He is also a member of the European Consortium on Political Research and of the Task Force on Antisemitism at the European Jewish Congress.

CONTACT: jy.camus@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

Bertrand Badie is a French political scientist and international relations specialist at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has written extensively about international relations theory, focusing on globalization and the structural effects it exerts on the international system, states and societies.

CONTACT: bertrand.badie@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

Gilles Kepel is a Professor and Chair, Middle East and Mediterranean Studies, at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is a contributor to the Financial Times, Le Monde, La Repubblica, El Pais, Al Hayat, and a number of Arabic language and international newspapers. Some of his recent publications include: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The War for Muslim Minds, and Jihad: the Trail of Political Islam.

CONTACT: gilles.kepel@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

Charlotte Lepri is researcher and lecturer at IRIS. She focuses on defense, security, and intelligence-related topics, crisis management, emerging global security challenges and transatlantic relations.

CONTACT: charlotte.lepri@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French, Italian

Rabbi David Rosen is chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the organization which represents world Jewry in its relations with other world religions. He is a specialist in the field of interreligious affairs with particular expertise on the relations of the Jewish community and Israel with other religious communities.

CONTACT: david.rosen@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Languages: English, Hebrew

Patrick Weil is a senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris. He has worked extensively with the French government on issues of secularism and immigration policy.

CONTACT: patrick.weil@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Paris, France
Languages: English, French

 

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