French Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb reported on Friday that individuals reported as radicals and connected with terrorist organizations has jumped 60 percent in the last two years, and that the number is steadily increasing.
According to Ouest France, some 18,500 people in France are registered as potential radicals. This is an increase from 11,400 cases of potential radicalization as reported by “terrorism-related terrorist prevention” in March 2015. The database tracks the personal information of watched individuals, as well as their alleged connections to terrorist groups.
According to Ouest France, the suspected terrorists are not just men, but women and children as well. Female radicals accounted for 26 percent of cases, minors 16 percent, and French converts made up 34 percent of the list.
Ouest France reported the spike can be explained by the Islamic State losing battles in countries like Iraq and Syria, along with the Islamic State’s strategy of placing radicals in Western countries: