"I'm not the cause of the problem; simply a consequence of it"
This essay seeks a more robust understanding of the ways in which domestic Islamic radicalization is presented and discussed in the French public sphere. It illuminates the ways in which the print media across the political spectrum has taken a historical amnesic approach to representing the causes and origins of domestic radicalization, neglecting to convey the significant postcolonial and neocolonial dimensions, and instead employing a selective and misrepresentative discourse that over-simplifies the crucial dynamics of the issue. In doing so, it not only explores the communicative frameworks of a phenomenon that in recent years has come to the forefront of national security issues, but also comments on the larger socio-political trends that have led to such a unified approach to emerge across the political spectrum of France’s otherwise pluralistic press landscape. Analyzing the period between 1995 and the present day, this essay draws from the archives of three major newspapers in France (Le Monde, Le Figaro, and Libération) and focuses on three major incidents of domestic Islamic radicalization to examine the methods by and reasons why newspapers across the political spectrum represent the dynamics and causes of domestic Islamic radicalization in such a formulaic and repetitive nature.