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.

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  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Widespread solitary confinement would put a huge dent in their problem.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Marching Muslim prisoners to the prison yard and mowing them down with machine guns would put a huge dent in the problem, and be much cheaper.

  • Gaian

    Has France considered neutering their violent criminals and then deporting them to Africa? How about not importing the crud in the first place? Fidel Castro didn’t have any qualms about opening his prisons and mental hospitals and shipping that refuse to the Florida coast. Let’s take a page from history that worked!

  • Ron MacDonald

    Build a half dozen Super Max prison and keep them in isolation, problem solved.

    • Maurixio Garcia S

      Good idea just like the US did to most of them until Obama came to power.

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    The entire Europe,North America and Australia etc all this countries need to have many islands, just for those Muslim criminals,like the Guantanamo bay, they need to be lock up for decades,what ever the UN human rights said about them,should never exist as a defense.

  • G

    If there is ever a lethal pandemic outbreak of bird flu, I’m paying a french prison guard to get his vaccination then run around distributing snotty Kleenex throughout the jail.

  • TotallyPeeved

    Shame he didn’t kill the commie frog.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Free Yigal Amir and Richard Bain.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The French might want to refurbish Devil’s Island. Otherwise, dust off Dr. Guillotin’s invention. Two can play the head chopping game.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Belarus makes do with a single gunshot wound to the head. More practical given the numbers of Muslim criminals Marianne needs to dispatch.

      Leave Mme. Guillotine to dispatch higher-placed traitors like Hollande et cie. She makes for better street theatre.

  • Linda1000

    I think many countries, (Britain, Sweden, U.S., Canada) not just France have quite a few muslim prisoners but maybe not as high as 50%. The two Bobbsey twin brothers were just arrested in Ottawa for terrorist related crimes. So they will be sentenced to a couple of years in jail if any of the charges stick and what does that solve? Seems like the same pathway that Charlie terrorists travelled which didn’t solve much if we look at the results in Paris.

  • luna

    Harper is asking for new legal powers to combat terrorism. I hope lawmakers consider the fact that the prison system is failing because currently incarceration is more effective at converting, and radicalizing, than it is at reform.

    I’m not Canadian, but if I were I would tell my representative to keep this in mind as new laws are considered. The last thing we want is people leaving prison dangerous than when they entered.

  • Karmel

    There should not be imams as chaplains as they are part of the problem. Another suggestion would be to get rid of the weights. These prisoners need to be turned into fat slobs, not body builders.

  • BillyHW

    Diversity is the strength of their economy!

  • simus1

    Putting muslims in jails here just reminds them of normal day to day life back in their homelands – except the food here is more plentiful, sanitary, and is lacking in authenticity.