A French court on Thursday sentenced members of a jihadist network once considered among the country’s most dangerous to between one and 28 years in prison for an attack on a Jewish grocery store in 2012.
The “Cannes-Torcy cell”, named after the towns where its members were based, was accused of having planned several other attacks as well as seeking to join jihadist ranks in Syria before the network was dismantled in 2012. Eighteen men were found guilty and two were acquitted.
The verdict comes after a wave of jihadist assaults in France that have left more than 230 people dead since 2015 and an attack this week on a police van by a car laden with weapons and gas canisters on Paris’s Champs-Elysees.
Investigators have found a cache of weapons at the home of the 31-year-old man who rammed his car into a police van on the Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, a judicial source close to the investigation said.
Adam Dzaziri, a 31-year-old who had been on a watchlist for radical Islamists, had at least nine weapons, including two pistols and a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle, the source said.
Wait till you read the logic behind the decision to allow him “legal” weapons.
Daily Mail: The dramatic moment a driver is pulled out of a smoking car that has exploded after RAMMING a police van on the Champs-Élysées before an officer checks him for a suicide bomb
Car burst into flames moments after impact in the Paris tourist hotspot which is the main shopping district
The driver, who police believe to be dead, was carrying a gun when he crashed into the police van deliberately
Witness said he heard shots being fired and saw smoke coming from the car after the collision this afternoon
People were seen fleeing the area as police officers armed with machine guns attempted to get them to safety
FoxNews: Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver had explosives, rifle in car
The attacker died shortly after the incident, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. The attacker, a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, was badly burned after his car exploded when he deliberately crashed it into a police van. The police van caught fire, but it was quickly contained, officials said. The bomb squad was called to the scene.
Paris, April 4, 2017, 4:00 am. A Malian Muslim named Kobili Traore breaks into the apartment of one of his neighbors, Sarah Halimi. He knows she is a Jew. In the past, He has repeatedly uttered anti-Semitic insults at her. Halimi and her family had filed complaints and asked the police to intervene. Each time, the police respond that Traore has not committed a criminal act, and that they did not want to be accused of anti-Muslim prejudice.
That day, Traore decides to go from words to deeds. He beats Halimi violently. He tortures her. She screams. Neighbors call the police. This time the police do something — but not enough.
Paris has boosted police numbers in a single of its poorest districts, the place migrants crowd the streets and which has become what a few say is a “no-move zone” for women.
The debate over intended no-go areas for ladies has sharpened as France prepares to hold round considered one of parliamentary elections subsequent weekend.
Elisabeth Badinter, France’s best possible-known contemporary feminist, the writer and historian, said final week there were an “unquestionable” regression in the status of women in France, in particular in bad suburbs with prime numbers of immigrants. “Try going out in a get dressed in positive areas,” she said in an interview with Le Point magazine.
An artifact is a manufactured object which replaces the real, whose true nature is distorted. A puppet is a character in a show who is directed by an external will. Emmanuel Macron perhaps relates to both. A media firework, brilliant and hollow, gifted and twisted, he is the product of ideological and financial forces which have created him to neutralize the threat of an identitarian France. Macron has been designed to give to the decadence and destruction of France the reassuring face of a smiling young dandy. What’s more, his economic “liberalism,” apparently quite agreeable in this objectively Communist country with an unemployment rate twice as high as its neighbors, will soon be shown as bogus. On reforms, Macron will prove a scaredy-cat. Too afraid of a fight . . .
You knew President Donald Trump’s trip abroad went well because the American media focused on hand-holding and handshakes instead of the dramatic changes in foreign policy toward American interests. Did Melania brush away her husband’s hand? Did you notice the power and strength of French President Emmanuel Macron’s handshake with Trump?
It was Macron’s handshake that enraptured the American media. They covered it from every angle, happy that someone on the global stage was standing up to Trump. The Washington Post, as of last count, has 41 articles mentioning “Macron” and “handshake,” dissecting it from every angle. More.
Reality check: If that’s all the French have got, who cares what they think? Isn’t it over already?
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