Fact-check of the day: “All terrorists are migrants” – Front National’s MEP Nicolas Bay

Front National’s MEP and secretary-general Nicolas Bay declared on BFM TV that all terrorists in France were migrants. This is not the first time he has made such a statement about terrorists: he had already done so after the Nice attack that killed 84 persons.

If you do speak French you can listen to the entire interview in the video here. If not, here is his claim that we are going to fact-check:

“Of course, not all migrants are terrorists. However, all terrorists are migrants”

Why is it wrong ? 

The easiest way to check this information is to look back at the terrorist attacks that hit France in the past couple of years. The Charlie Hebdo attack is our starting point.

  • Charlie Hebdo, Montrouge and HyperCacher attacks, January 2015

Perpetrated by Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly, all French and born in France

  • Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack, June 2015

Perpetrated by Yassin Salhi, born in France

  • Amsterdam-Paris Thalys attack, August 2015

Perpetrated by El Khazzani, Moroccan immigrant in Spain in 2014 and Belgium in 2015.

  • Bataclan and Saint-Denis attacks, November 2015

Perpetrated by Bilal Hadfi, Ismael Mostefai, Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed-Aggad, Brahim and Salah Abdeslam, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Chakid Akrouh, Ahmad Al-Mohammad and Mohammad Al-Mamhod.

Bilal Hadfi, Ismael Mostefai, Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed-Aggad and Brahim Abdeslam were born in France. Salah Abdeslam was born in Belgium and raised in Belgium with his brother. They were both dual citizens.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Chakib Akrouh were half-Belgian half-Moroccan.

Finally, Ahmad Al-Mohammad and Mohammad Al-Mamhod, which were fake identities,
had been introduced by ISIS media Daqib as Iraqis.

  • Attack on two policemen in Magnanville, June 2016

Perpetrator: Larossi Abballa, French nationality, born in France.

  • Nice attack, July 2016

Perpetrator: Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, Tunisian nationality, migrated to France in 2005.

  • Attack against a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, July 2016

Perpetrators: Abel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean were both French and born in France.

On 19 perpetrators, 13 were French citizens. 

During the interview, Nicolas Bay also gave his opinion on the latest riots in Paris suburbs during anti-police protest. Hundreds of people were marching Monday in Aulnay-sous-Bois to demand “Justice for Theo”, a youth worker who was allegedly sodomised with a baton by a police officer.

“We should not let riffraff set cars alight”, said the Front National’s MEP, before adding the Theo scandal “should not be used as an excuse to cast scorn on the police”.


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