France has a problem: up to half its prisoners are Muslim and the jails are a hotbed for radicalization

French policeAmedy Coulibaly was killed Friday after seizing hostages in a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

The 27-year-old man photographed in 2009 seemed to represent hope springing from Paris’s desperate suburbs. Part of a work-insertion program, he was about to meet then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was trying to combat high youth unemployment.

Politicians were not exactly popular in the suburban projects, he told Le Parisien, but he nonetheless hoped to collect autographs for his family. “In a pinch, maybe the president can help me get hired,” he said.

The man was Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed Friday after seizing hostages in a Jewish supermarket in Paris, an attack he claimed was in support of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham. A close associate of Said and Chérif Kouachi, the two brothers who attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday, Coulibaly is a symbol of the huge challenges lying ahead for France…

Gallia Watch has more and does not mince words:

What is more horrible – that Amédy Coulibaly was holed up with his hostages in a kosher grocery, having already killed a policewoman, or that he was more than just a name to the French justice system, having accumulated at age 32 eighteen years in prison – at least on paper? The latest example: he was sentenced to five years in prison in 2013, and released one year later.

An exercise in judicial permissiveness that makes your blood run cold, and that began long before the arrival of Christiane Taubira to the ministry of Justice.