PARIS (AFP) – A French rapper known for his provocative pro-Muslim lyrics said Friday that he would cancel two upcoming concerts at the Bataclan, where 90 people were shot dead when jihadist gunmen stormed the venue during the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris.
Medine, a French-born singer of Algerian descent, had drawn fire from rightwing politicians as well as some of the victims’ families after announcing the shows at the historic concert hall.
Tickets quickly sold out when they went on sale a few weeks after Medine released an album featuring the song “Bataclan”, where he recounts years of dreaming he would one day play there.
Although he has denounced Islamic fundamentalism since the attacks, in which 130 people were killed and over 350 wounded, critics have latched onto songs such as “Don’t Laik”, where he assails France’s secular policies as discriminatory towards Muslims.
News link here -24 Matins – Toulouse: police alert on the video of a rape circulating on social networks
“It is his official Twitter account that the National Police urges Internet users not to broadcast this video that is currently under investigation. The latter, filmed using a smartphone and relayed on Snapchat, shows how 4 men sexually assault a girl visibly alcoholic and especially non-consenting.”
The video is stomach turning brutal.
Update – The BBC has picked it up – French police investigate gang rape videos aired on Snapchat
France’s government has an unusual policy when it comes to arming its police officers. For officers at the local level, the government prohibits them from carrying, though they are the ones risking their lives to fight rising crime. The good news is, however, this bizarre policy may be coming to an end.
A man drove into a crowd of patrons gathered outside a bar in the southern city of Nimes early Friday, slightly wounding two before hitting a security barrier and being arrested, witnesses and local officials said.
The 32-year-old suspect, believed to be a local, sped towards a crowd of about 50 outside the “L’Instant T” bar at around 1:00 am (2300 GMT Thursday), witnesses at the scene told AFP.
Several witnesses told AFP that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during the incident a cry which has been uttered by jihadists during previous attacks.
A source close to the investigation said the man was not known to police for suspected radicalisation and reports suggest police do not believe the attack was motivated by terrorism.
The region’s public prosecutor Eric Maurel said the suspect tried to flee but was caught and roughed up by the crowd.
He was in a state of “mental confusion” during his arrest and has been hospitalised, Maurel added.
Boy they sure checked off all the boxes on this one.
Mentally confused Unknown to police No terrorist motivation
To show you the extent of political correctness in France under President Macron, we invite you to surf to the websites of Le Figaro and Le Monde, the two biggest newspapers in France and do a research for the name Shafiullah Mir Zaman Noorzada, named in the British press as the illegal migrant from Afghanistan who stabbed 7 people in Paris on Sunday.
A survey of more than 1,000 people conducted this week found a 33 percent drop in the number who believe the United States remains a “trusted ally” of France under President Donald Trump since a similar survey in 2014.
France may be America’s oldest ally, but more than half of French people no longer consider the United States a reliable partner, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
Just 44 percent of those polled said the United States remained a “trusted ally” under President Donald Trump – a 33-point plunge since a similar survey was conducted in May 2014 when former president Barack Obama was still in the White House.
A new report by a Paris think-tank underlines “the progress of Islamist ideology among Muslims in France”, suggesting that Salafi Islam can be stamped out through a “halal tax” and Arabic being taught in French schools.
According to the report released on Sunday by France’s Montaigne Institute, Salafism – a radical branch of Islam that calls for worldwide sharia law – has a monopoly on Islamic religious thought in l’Héxagone.
Author Hakim El Karaoui, a consultant for the Paris think-thank who’s written on Arab and Muslim policy before, points to Turkey and Saudi Arabia as the main sources of funding for the dissemination of this radical school of thinking among France and Europe’s Muslim population.
French kids should learn Arabic? Education minister suggests controversial curriculum change
France’s minister of national education has expressed support for adding Arabic language to the school curriculum for French children, enraging the country’s right-wing that has warned of dire consequences if the plan goes ahead.
France should draw up a “qualitative strategy” for teaching Arabic language in schools, Jean-Michel Blanquer said during an interview on French television. He insisted that Arabic, along with Chinese and Russian, is one of the “great languages of civilization” and should be learned “not only by people of Maghrebi origin or Arabic-speaking countries.”
It’s a real race to be the most fecked up nation in Europe.
The attacker was arrested. There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this is a terrorist attack.
Seven people were wounded, some seriously, by an attacker armed with a knife and an iron bar, this Sunday evening in Paris. The tragedy was knotted along the quai de la Loire, in the 19th arrondissement, around 22:45.
At first, the attacker allegedly stabbed three people at the MK2 cinema. At that moment, men playing petanque on nearby ground tried to stop him. One of them threw him a ball, managing to touch him, but without putting him out of harm’s way. The man then continued his route rue Henri Nogueres, a perpendicular to the quay of the Loire.
There he attacked two English tourists, one of whom was injured in the chest. Another of his victims was severely stabbed in the head. The assailant, who was also injured, was finally arrested by a crew from BAC. He is of age and is of Afghan nationality.
Seven people in total were injured by the individual, including four seriously, according to the Paris prosecutor. According to our information, they are currently in the hospital in a state of emergency without a vital prognosis.
Engrish – Man arrested after ‘two Britons among seven stabbed’ in Paris knife attack – reports
The Jewish New Year begins on Sunday and to mark the festival of Rosh Hashanah, Emmanuel Macron visited the Grand Synagogue in Paris on Tuesday. It was the first time that a president of France has attended and although he didn’t give an address (that would breach the laïcité protocol) Macron’s gesture was appreciated by the chief rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia. “You are like the Wailing Wall,” Korsia told the president. “We confide in you our hopes and our sorrows and although we get no response we know that somebody hears us”.
Joël Mergui, the president of the Israelite central consistory of France, was more forthright when he spoke. “Our children are leaving,” he said, referring to the 20,000 plus Jews who have emigrated to Israel in the last four years. “France, once a land of asylum, is becoming a land of exile for Jews.”
A man has been detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who released a video of an attack outside a Paris cafe last month that then went viral online.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows a man hurling an ashtray at Marie Laguerre outside the cafe, allegedly after she told him to “shut up” for making lewd comments. The man then hits Laguerre in the face.
A police source said the suspect was detained on Monday as he was leaving a psychiatric hospital, on suspicion of assault and sexual harassment. Laguerre was due to identify whether she believed he was the attacker or not.
In a confessional book, “A President Shouldn’t Say That…”, published in 2016, a few months before the 2017 French presidential election, France’s then President François Hollande admitted that France has “a problem with Islam. No one doubts it,” he wrote. He wrote as well that France has a problem with veiled women in public and with mass immigration. Then he added: “How can one avoid a partition? Because that is still what is happening: a partition”.
The “partition” about which Hollande was talking was the partition of France — one part for Muslims and another for non-Muslims.
French police in the heavily migrant populated suburbs of Paris have seized 32 sheep that were found in the garage of a pizzeria ahead of the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival in which Muslims sacrifice animals.