A month after their makeshift camp was cleared, 1,500 refugees once again sleep among the rocks meant to deter them under Paris bridge
About 300 police officers and gendarmes were deployed to the streets today ahead of the annual Catholic pilgrimage this weekend, a major religious event which draws thousands of worshippers to the town each year.
Béatrice Lagarde, the local prefect, said: “The terrorist threat remains high in France. And even though Lourdes has never been targeted by radical Islamists, a terrorist attack is a possibility we cannot ignore.”
A car has ‘deliberately’ ploughed into a pizza restaurant in Paris killing one young girl and injuring five others, it’s being reported.
Daily Mail: Girl, eight, is killed and at least seven other people are hurt as ‘man deliberately smashes his car into a pizza restaurant near Paris’
The horrific incident took place in the town of Sept-Sorts, which is around 40 miles east of the French capital.
It follows similar terrorist attacks by jihadi killers pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
The number of radical individuals in France has gone up 60 percent over the last two years, according to Minister of the Interior Gérard Collomb.
Some 18,550 people are currently registered by authorities as potential radicals, up from 11,400 in 2015, Ouest France reported Friday.
The database keeps track of suspects’ personal information and their alleged relationships with terror groups. Females currently account for 26 percent of cases, while 16 percent are minors.
A Muslim suspect rammed six police officers with his car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Two French officers sustained severe injuries. The French media and authorities had no doubt. “Terror returned to Paris”. “A voluntary act”. Nobody questioned the motive of the Algerian terrorist who tried to shed the policemen’s blood. No one called him a lunatic.
“What do you think, should this insane person be put in a psych ward while we contemplate the reasons for his actions?” the Crif, the central organization of French Jewry, posted on Facebook about the attacker in Levallois-Perret. It was a provocative but brave reference to the French establishment for its dealing with the slaying of a Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, by a Muslim man, Kobili Traore, who was sent to observation as per his insanity plea even though he has no record of mental illness. He shouted “Allah Akbar” while killing Halimi and throwing her from the window. The judiciary’s omission of the aggravated element of a hate crime caused by anti-Semitism, according with CRIF President Francis Kalifat, is a “cover up” of the anti-Semitic character of the crime.
Operation Sentinel – in place since January 2015, after the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo – involves 10,000 troops and costs €400,000 a day. But some now question whether it has succeeded in minimising terror attacks on French soil.
Six soldiers were injured on Wednesday after a suspect rammed his car into a group of soldiers, the latest in a series of attacks targeting French security services.The attack has renewed questions over the efficiency of Operation Sentinel’s anti-terror patrols, which have often become the targets of attacks themselves.
“It is essentially just posturing that has zero operational impact,” Jean-Charles Brisard of the Center for the Analysis of Terrorism told FRANCE 24. “Sentinel has never stopped, prevented or hindered any terrorist attack in France since its creation in 2015.”
Well, 8 terror attacks so far this year says it’s doing something…
From Giulio Meotti at Gatestone,
In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century.
The Church of Santa Rita used to stand in the fifteenth arrondissement of Paris. A few weeks after Father Hamel was murdered by Islamic terrorists, the French police cleared the church. It is now a parking lot. Police dragged the priests out by their legs as a Mass was being celebrated.
In France there are laws protecting old trees. But the state is free to flatten old Christian churches. The vacuums created in the French landscape are already being filled by the booming mosques. Cowardly French authorities would never treat Islam as they are now treating Christianity. More.
Reality check: The French chose this a long time ago and prided themselves on their sophistication. Now that death, oblivion, and obliteration are the New Cool, they can pride themselves on it. Even the destruction of world art treasures would show how tolerant they are.
See also: The Islamists don’t need to uproot Christianity in Europe
The driver fled the scene and authorities are now searching for the vehicle and the driver. A police spokesperson claims the car deliberately targeted the soldiers but the motive remains unclear.
More… Paris police in desperate hunt for BMW driver who mowed down six soldiers leaving their barracks in suspected terror attack
Update… A man has been shot and arrested by elite police officers on a motorway in northern France is the key suspect after a driver slammed his BMW into soldiers in Paris, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a carefully timed ambush before speeding away.
France has been shocked by an act of vandalism at a memorial site, where a plaque bearing the names of victims of the Nazis during World War II, 44 children among them, was broken off and stolen in the city of Lyon.
The desecrated memorial was dedicated to the Jewish children of Izieu, in eastern France, as well as their seven adult supervisors, who were deported from a children’s home near Lyon to the Nazi camp in Auschwitz in 1944. Most of them died in gas chambers there.
“France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. Two years ago, the French journalist Denis Tillinac promoted this appeal, signed by dozens of French personalities, after some French imams requested the conversion of abandoned churches into mosques.
Hundreds of jihadi militants have returned to France from Iraq and Syria, France’s interior minister said on Sunday.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Gerard Collomb said that an estimated 271 radical Islamists who fought for militant groups have returned from war zones after being members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS).
The figure is made up of 217 adults and 54 minors, some of whom are in French detention, and all of whom are under security services surveillance, Collomb told the paper. The minister could not provide a precise figure on how many French nationals had been killed in Iraq and Syria, but estimated that as many as 1,900 French nationals were involved in radical Islamist activities in Iraq and Syria, according to interior ministry data as of mid-2016.
Paris police say the man tried to force his way past security forces to go beneath the tower, but was quickly subdued. His identity wasn’t released, and his motives are unclear. An investigation is underway.
Police arrest knife-wielding man yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Paris St-Germain shirt at Eiffel Tower as monument is evacuated
A history of psychological problems…
France’s first and only deradicalisation centre was shut down last week prompting questions over the country’s lack of an effective strategy to handle a pressing problem that has attracted plenty of state funding but no solutions.
It opened in September with much fanfare as news cameras trailed officials through an 18th-century French castle refitted with modern classrooms emptying onto a sun-dappled stone courtyard and single-inhabitant bedrooms sporting clean, cheery sheets.
The problem though was that there weren’t too many takers for France’s first and only deradicalisation centre.
Good read, funny even if it weren’t so deadly serious.
Calais has vowed to ignore demands to provide hundreds of migrants with food, water and toilets less than a year after the notorious Jungle refugee camp was destroyed.
France’s highest administrative court has ordered the town to install better facilities that its refusal so far to do so ‘exposed them to inhuman and degrading treatment.’
But the mayor of the northern port community, Natacha Bouchart, has insisted the order will be ignored.