Owen Jones Interviews French Muslim Woman About ISIS And Religion

A Muslim woman living in Paris has opened up about the faith of the Islamic State attackers in an impromptu interview with journalist Owen Jones.

The Algerian-French local bumped into Jones during his visit to the capital, interjecting his narrative to camera. "They [Islamic State] were just a bunch of people with guns where people were defenseless and shot them," Jones said, discussing the recent terror attacks, before the woman interrupted.

"I am agreeing with you. They are not Muslims. My daughter asked me, 'Mum are they Muslims?' I said 'No', Muslims do not do these acts.

"I am afraid. I think about my family. I don't think about myself. But about my friends, about my family and believe me that, these people are not Muslims," she said.

The woman opened up to Jones outside the Bataclan theatre

Against the backdrop of the Bataclan theatre - the scene of a tragic massacre - the pair continued their discussion.

Jones asked: "How will we defeat them? How will we defeat these extremists?"

"These [victims] were young people who wanted to go out and have fun. It's their choice. It's their life. It's their country. How can we forbid someone to go out in the evening and have some fun?

Momentarily speechless, she finally managed to utter: "Frankly it's a barbaric act."

After the encounter, Jones said: "Well you can see that was a pretty moving chat with her, she's a woman from Algeria, a Muslim French woman who is here like anybody else, in grief.

"She's scared, she feels that people like her are suddenly going to be blamed for an act, an atrocity that she's just as disgusted as anybody else is."

The Paris attacks saw multiple terror operations - claimed by the Islamic State - kill 129 people across the capital, 89 of them massacred inside the Bataclan theatre.

This week French police besieged the apartment of the suspected mastermind behind the attack and on 19 November it was confirmed he had been killed.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was shot during an hour-long firefight, where some 5,000 rounds of ammunition were fired.