Jihadi France: A dark colonial past. Ghettoes. The threat of an Islamic insurgency… and this is just the beginning of unprecedented bloodshed

The statistics are stomach-churning: almost 250 innocents have been murdered in France in the past 18 months by terrorists — more than the total number of French nationals killed by them in the entire 20th century.

But as the country reels from the latest ISIS atrocity — the beheading of a beloved elderly priest at the altar of his Catholic church in a quiet Normandy village — the fear is that this wave of unprecedented bloodshed marks only the opening salvo.