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Front-runner for French presidency against arresting and deporting ‘radical Islamists’

France was once a great nation. But when basic measures for self-defense become stigmatized and opposed as “right-wing,” the death spiral has begun. The France of Charles Martel is but a historical memory. The France of Emmanuel Macron won’t last long.

“Macron Against Arresting and Deporting Radical Islamists,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, April 22, 2017:

En Marche presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron slammed Marine Le Pen’s proposal to arrest radical Islamists saying it would be counter-productive to intelligence efforts.

Mr Macron took direct exception to Le Pen’s comments Friday morning when the Front National presidential candidate called for the arrest of all known radical Islamists and the deportation of Islamists without French citizenship Le Figaro reports. Le Pen made the comments after reports that the shooter of three police in Paris Thursday night had been known to police as an Islamic extremist.

“The goal is an intelligence goal,” Macron said. ” If you put them all in jail, first of all, it is not in accordance with the law,” he added, “The goal is to follow them. The police must be able to work in the best possible way.”

Macron also hit out at comments made by Le Pen earlier this week in which she claimed that under a Le Pen presidency none of the major attacks in the last five years would have happened. “I heard a few days ago Ms Le Pen say ‘with me, there would have been no such attack.’ No, zero risk does not exist, we live and we will live permanently with the threat of Terrorism,” he said.

The independent candidate, who is the youngest in the presidential race at 39-years-old, has been accused of lacking experience. He refuted the allegation and claimed that Le Pen’s experience was professing “untruths” and “irresponsibility.”…

Overall Macron’s reaction to the terror attack Thursday has been what he’s called a “spirit of responsibility in this extreme period” and described terrorism as, “part of our daily lives for the years to come.” 

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Muslim Migrants Storm Town Hall to Protest France’s Immigration Laws, 14 people injured

The hijrah (immigration jihad) is an invading army. Don’t kid yourself.

14 WOUNDED AFTER ILLEGAL MIGRANTS STORM TOWN HALL TO PROTEST FRANCE’S IMMIGRATION LAWS

By Virginia Hale, Breitbart, April 19, 2017:

A CROWD OF AROUND 200 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS FROM AFRICA STORMED ALFORTVILLE TOWN HALL ON TUESDAY MORNING, DEMANDING THE GOVERNMENT RELAX CRITERIA FOR REGULARISATION AND GIVE THEM RESIDENCE PAPERS.

Illegal migrants occupied the town hall for about an hour, frightening members of the public in the building as well as staff who had to retreat to their offices.

The migrants, who work at Rungis International Market, the world’s largest wholesale food market, began piling into the town hall at around 8.30 am, but staff didn’t notice their arrival until it was “too late”, according to Le Parisien.

When officers arrived to break up the protest and evacuate the town hall, they were forced to use tear gas as a group of around forty illegal immigrants were blocking access to the building. Le Parisien reports that following clashes, 14 people received medical treatment with three hospitalised.

“This illegal occupation prevented Alfortvillians from accessing public services throughout the morning, and caused anxiety among town hall staff and families who were already present in the building,” the commune’s Socialist mayor Luc Carvounas said in a statement.

“Although staff received the men, and listened to their demands, the members of the collective did not wish to enter into any dialogue, instead contenting themselves with denouncing government policy.”

Suggesting the protest was linked to the far left, the mayor denounced the action as having been “exploitation of human misery for political purposes”.

Carvounas argued that it is unreasonable for far left groups to target his town hall, “since, in October 2015, Alfortville was one of the first communes in France to declare itself in favour of welcoming migrants”.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The Geller Report.

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France: 60% of the population doesn’t feel safe anywhere

And it’s only going to get worse. The 40% just don’t fully realize what is happening yet. The jihad is upon France, and its restive Muslim population that is already turning parts of Paris into a war zone isn’t going to calm down and become a productive and loyal sector of French society. The unrest that already has 60% of the French people feeling unsafe has only just begun.

“Six out of 10 People in France ‘Don’t Feel Safe Anywhere,’” by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, March 17, 2017:

Fearing terror attacks, the majority of people in France are pessimistic about the nation’s security situation, with six in 10 saying they no longer feel safe anywhere according to an IFOP-FIDUCIAL poll.

The survey found that 93 per cent of French believe the threat of more terror attacks is high, and 71 per cent feel the security situation in France has got worse over the last five years.

More broadly, 59 per cent of those polled said they did not feel safe anywhere, with almost one in four (24 per cent) opting to “strongly agree” with the statement.

Reflecting the insecurity respondents said they felt, 69 per cent think the police and gendarmerie are understaffed, and the survey found the French overwhelmingly have a positive view of law enforcement.

The vast majority of respondents (88 per cent) believe France should deport foreigners sentenced to prison for serious offences, and 84 per cent want the country to create more prison places.

A slight majority (55 per cent) would like to see France exit the European Union’s open borders Schengen zone.

With security a major issue in this year’s presidential elections, the survey found Marine Le Pen was judged the candidate with the best policies in both keeping property and people safe (32 per cent) and in the fight against terror (35 per cent).

Some way behind the Front National candidate were Emmanuel Macron (21 per cent citing security of goods and people, 19 per cent fighting terrorism) and Francois Fillon (19 per cent backed the centre-right candidate’s policy solutions in the two areas).

A national state of emergency has been in force in France since Paris suffered one of the worst terror attacks in recent European history in November 2015, when 130 were killed in a series of bombings and shootings across the city.

And in June the following year, a Tunisian migrant deliberately drove a 19-tonne cargo truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, in an attack which resulted in the deaths of 86 people.

However, terrorism isn’t France’s only worry, as last month saw weeks of violent riots spread through Paris suburbs, with cars torched, windows smashed, and shops looted.

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Paris: Muslim screaming ‘Allahu akbar’ slits throats of father and son

“Police have called for caution to be taken before speculating over the motive for the double murder after it was reported that the knifeman shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’, in Arabic).”

Actually it means Allah is greater, i.e., greater than your god. It is a declaration of supremacism and a demand for submission. But authorities in France, blind as ever, are in doubt as to the motive for the attack, because, you know, Methodists and Hardshell Baptists and Theravada Buddhists and all sorts of other people scream “Allahu akbar” all the time while they’re clipping their fingernails or going to the movies or doing any number of random things, so it doesn’t really have any particular significance, right?

In this case, since the victims were the man’s father and brother, he may have thought them apostates for some reason, or to have sullied the family honor.

“Man held after father and brother found with throats slit on Paris street,” The Local, March 17, 2017:

Police in Paris have launched an investigation after two men, a father and his son, were found with their throats slit in a trendy part of the French capital. Another son has been arrested in connection with the murders.

A man was arrested in Paris on Friday suspected of slitting the throats of his father and brother outside a building in the capital’s trendy 11th district, police sources told AFP.

The sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorised to speak publicly, said the reason for the attack was being investigated.

The two men died at the scene despite efforts by paramedics to save them.

Police have called for caution to be taken before speculating over the motive for the double murder after it was reported that the knifeman shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is greatest’, in Arabic)….

Images and videos posted from the scene showed the area was calm while many residents told Le Parisien newspaper they had not seen or heard anything.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on Jihad Watch.

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Louvre attacker’s brother is police officer, father is retired police general

And another brother is a high-ranking official in a state institution. This indicates how deeply embedded jihadis are in French (and other Western) societies. No doubt the attacker and his family were all deemed to be “moderate.” Yet look how long and carefully they were planning jihad massacres. This is a war, and yet most Western authorities still don’t realize the ways in which the enemy is fighting.

(Thanks to Joy for the screenshots)

 

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in The Geller Report.

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Peugeot car plant closed as Muslim workers took ‘too many prayer breaks’

The future of France, and of Europe in general, can be glimpsed in this episode.

“The Aulnay site closed because Muslim employees were constantly taking unscheduled prayer breaks and had become unproductive. It’s the truth. A Peugeot official told me that it was one – but obviously not the only – of the reasons the plant was shut down.”

They may have considered it their due to receive payment from unbelievers even while not working. In Islamic law, non-Muslims have the duty to provide for the upkeep of Muslims. British jihadist Anjem Choudary said in February 2013:

“We are on Jihad Seekers Allowance, We take the Jizya (protection money paid to Muslims by non-Muslims) which is ours anyway. The normal situation is to take money from the Kafir (non-Muslim), isn’t it? So this is normal situation. They give us the money. You work, give us the money. Allah Akbar, we take the money. Hopefully there is no one from the DSS (Department of Social Security) listening. Ah, but you see people will say you are not working. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the Kuffar (non-Muslim) So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”

This is, of course, based on the Qur’an: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

“Peugeot car plant closed as Muslim workers took ‘too many prayer breaks’, claims official,” by Romina McGuinness, Express, January 5, 2017:

THE head of the France’s centre-right Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) political party, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, has claimed a PSA Peugeot Citroen car plant had to close because it had hired too many “unproductive” Muslim employees.

The hardline centrist, who is also deputy mayor of Drancy, a suburb northeast of Paris, said that the carmaker’s Aulnay plant, which closed in 2013, had been forced to shut its doors because of “problems arising from never-ending religious demands by Muslim employees”.

He said: “The Aulnay site closed because Muslim employees were constantly taking unscheduled prayer breaks and had become unproductive. It’s the truth. A Peugeot official told me that it was one – but obviously not the only – of the reasons the plant was shut down.”

The shocking claims were made in French newspaper France Info.

Mr Lagarde added that he wasn’t trying to “irk” Muslims and spark a controversial debate about religion at work, but said he wanted to “end the Omerta”.

He said: “Some Muslim employees are proselytising at work and harassing their non-Muslim co-workers.

No one should feel under pressure to convert to Islam or accommodate religious colleagues. Because religion has no place in the workplace.: [sic]

A Peugeot spokesperson, however, has denied Mr Lagarde’s “inflammatory” claims and said that, at the time, the automobile behemoth had been on the brink of bankruptcy and that bosses had decided to close the Aulnay plant to “cut losses”.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Trade union CGT representative Jean-Pierre Mercier also condemned Mr Lagarde’s “nasty lies”….

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French Jews targeted by Muslims, flock to Israel

Why are Jews leaving France? Because “French Jews feel they can give their children a better future in Israel” and of course, the rise of anti-semitism……

Fears of anti-Semitism are rising again in Europe. They have been stoked in particular by a growing number of verbal and physical attacks on Jews not only in France, but also in Britain, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe….A report commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) confirmed what had been widely asserted by French commentators: the perpetrators of the attacks have overwhelmingly been Muslim youths.

Attacks by Muslims against Jews in France is a taboo subject, yet…..

France is the main target of repeated Islamist attacks…..Most of those attacks were committed by French Muslims: citizens on their way back from Syria.

As usual, politically correct politicians sell out the public…..

After each of these tragic episodes President François Hollande refused to name the enemy, refused to name Islamism — and especially refused to name French Islamists — as the enemy of French citizens…..

For Hollande, the enemy is an abstraction: “terrorism” or “fanatics”. Even when the president does dare to name “Islamism” as the enemy, he refuses to say he will close all Salafist mosques, prohibit the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist organizations in France, or ban veils for women in the street and at university.

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“French Jews feel they can give their children a better future in Israel”, by Michele Chabin, USA Today, September 29, 2016:

PARIS — Yael Haccoun and her family are Orthodox Jews from the working-class Paris suburb of Sarcelles, but they flew to Israel in late September to start a new life and escape the anti-Semitism around them.

“French people think that it’s natural when Jews are targeted” in terror attacks, said Haccoun, 33, as she waited with her husband and their three children here at the airport. “The fact that the army must protect Jewish schools and synagogues isn’t normal.”

She said her family watched in horror in July 2014 as a demonstration protesting Israel’s war with Hamas turned into an anti-Semitic rampage. Dozens of young men chanting “God is great” in Arabic and “death to the Jews” attacked Jewish-owned businesses with clubs and fire bombs.

The number of French Jews immigrating to Israel rose from 1,900 in 2011 to nearly 8,000 last year, said Jacques Canet, president of La Victoire, the great synagogue of Paris. He said the country’s 500,000 to 600,000 French Jews — the third largest Jewish population in the world — “feel threatened.”

“Increasingly, Jews in Paris, Marseilles, Toulouse, Sarcelles feel they can’t safely wear a kippah (yarmulke, or skull cap) outside their homes or send their children to public schools, where Muslim children bully Jewish children,” Canet said.

A poll by the French Institute of Public Opinion in January showed 43% of France’s Jewish Community are considering a move to Israel, and 51% said they have “been threatened” because they are Jewish.

Those with enough money have moved to more upscale areas within France or to Canada, England or the United States, Canet said. The wealthy, staunch Zionists and those who can’t afford to send their children to private Jewish schools go to Israel.

Moshe Sabbag, rabbi of La Victoire, believes “100%” of France’s Jews are thinking of moving, but that prospect is daunting. The majority of France’s Jews immigrated to France in the 1950s and 1960s from North African Muslim countries.

French Jews “love France, they love French culture, they want to stay,” Sabbag said just before leading Friday night services at the synagogue. “But Jews were targeted during huge demonstrations against the 2014 Gaza war. They were killed in Toulouse and Hypercacher,” he said, referring to the 2012 attack on a Jewish school that killed four people and the 2015 attack on a kosher Paris supermarket that left four dead. Muslim extremists carried out both attacks.

Although 2015 was a record year for French immigration to Israel, the numbers this year are lower. As of August 2016, 40% fewer Jews had arrived, compared to the same period last year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Dov Maimon, a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a think tank, said there are a number of reasons for the decline.

“First, Jews in France are feeling more secure because the (French) prime minister has beefed up security around Jewish institutions, while the increase in terror attacks this winter in Israel may have scared off some people. It may also be that the most ideologically driven Jews have already immigrated,” Maimon said.

The biggest factor, Maimon said, “is that the Israeli prime minister promised French Jews he would take care of them if they came to Israel. They believed Israel would provide them with jobs and housing, but France is a welfare state. Israel is not.”

He pointed out that 100 French immigrant families have returned to France so far this year.

Despite some governmental and agency assistance, “they didn’t find jobs, their kids didn’t learn Hebrew, and French Jews still in France say, ‘I don’t want to be like them.’”

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein believes the assistance is making a difference. Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship for Christians and Jews, said his group provided plane tickets, $1,000 and other services to 700 new French immigrants during the past two years, including 70 people on the Haccouns’ flight.

“Our volunteers meet every person who arrives. We help them find a place to live and a school for their children. We help them write a resume and pay for day care so they can look for a job,” Eckstein said.

In the Sarcelles suburb, Rabbi Yaakov Bitton, head of an Orthodox Jewish elementary school, asked his students to raise their hands if their families planned to move to Israel. Almost every child did.

“Twenty years ago there were 30,000 Jews in Sarcelles. Today there are 15,000,” Bitton said.

Despite the exodus, Bitton’s son Mendel, who is also a rabbi, is building a yeshiva in the town. “We believe that there is a future for Jews here,” Mendel Bitton said….

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More Muslims, including woman, arrested in plot to bomb Notre Dame Cathedral

“Her father has told officers that she was ‘radicalised as a teenager’, and had expressed the wish to go and fight with Isis abroad.”

Prevented from going to join the Islamic State, she opted to wage jihad in Paris. I have warned about this many times. There will be many, many other jihadis who, prevented from going to Syria, will make the same decision.

“BREAKING NEWS: Female terror suspect gunned down by French police and two others arrested after officer stabbed during special forces raid,” by Peter Allen, MailOnline, September 8, 2016:

A ‘fanatical and radicalised’ female terrorist suspect was gunned down by French police tonight after stabbing an officer during a police special forces raid.

She was said to be planning an ‘imminent attack’ before being shot in the head in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, in the Essonne department, south of Paris.

As she was rushed to hospital with potentially life-threatening wounds, two women accomplices were also arrested.

All were also linked to a car filled with gas canisters that was found close to Notre Dame Cathedral at the weekend.

The Peugeot 607 with on number plates was left just across the River Seine from the ancient place of worship – prompting fears of a terrorist attack.

Tonight’s drama unfolded soon after 8pm as an elite Raid special forces unit moved into an address at Boussy-Saint-Antoine.

As they approached the women, one is said to have drawn a knife and wounded an officer working for the DGSE, in the shoulder.

In a briefing afterwards, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: ‘These three young, radicalised women were preparing an imminent and violent attack.’

The women aged 19, 23, and 39 were not identified by Mr Cazenueve, who said one was in hospital suffering from bullet wounds to the head.

Another radicalised Frenchwoman who wanted to run away and join Isis is in custody in Paris after abandoning the car packed with gas cylinders close to Notre Dame.

The suspect – who is 29 and on a terror watchlist – disappeared with her boyfriend, aged 34, early on Sunday morning.

This was when the Peugeot was found with its lights flashing in a no-parking zone, across the River Seine from the cathedral, at 7.30am.

There were seven gas canisters inside – promoting fears of a terrorist attack on the ancient place of worship, which is high on a list of Isis targets.

‘It may have been that they were on a test run,’ said a source close to the case, who added: ‘There was nobody in the car, and the cannisters were not connected to any detonator or explosives.’

He said six full cannisters were in the boot of the Peugeot, and an empty one was on the back seat. Documents written in Arabic were also found in the car.

The Peugeot had no number plate, but forensics experts managed to find DNA belonging to the couple, who were both well known to police.

The couple were finally caught close to the southern city of Orange on Tuesday, while ‘trying to escape to Spain,’ said a source close to the case.

They were interviewed at length by police in Avignon, before being transferred to Paris in an armed convoy.

Investigators have spent the past four days raiding the homes of anybody who might be linked to them.

Six people were originally arrested, with the woman and her boyfriend remaining in custody in a high-security police station. The woman now lives in the Loiret department, south of Paris, but she originally comes from the northern Paris of suburbs, in the Seine-Saint-Denis department.

Her father has told officers that she was ‘radicalised as a teenager’, and had expressed the wish to go and fight with Isis abroad.

The suspect had told her parents that she was ‘going away with a friend’ at the weekend, and that her parents had not heard from her since.

Islamic State has threatened Notre Dame as part of its violent campaign against France for sending warplanes to bomb Isis bases in countries including Syria and Iraq….

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Muslim migrant stabs French woman and her three daughters for being scantily dressed

The glories of the new, multicultural Europe keep manifesting themselves with new splendor.

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“Man ‘knifes French woman and her three daughters’ in Alps resort,” by Tom Morgan, Camilla Turner, David Chazan, and Henry Samuel, Telegraph, July 19, 2016:

A French woman and her three young daughters were severely injured when they were stabbed at a holiday resort on Tuesday by a Moroccan-born man who reportedly shouted that they were too scantily dressed.

The man was arrested after the attack at the Alpine resort of Colombe, near Laragne, in southern France.

The youngest girl, aged 8, was rushed to hospital in Grenoble with a punctured lung, according to initial reports.

Her mother, 46, and sisters aged 12 and 14, are being treated at the hospital of Gap, closer to the scene of the attack. Their injuries are serious but not life-threatening, hospital sources said.

Initial reports claimed the man struck because he was angered by the women being “scantily dressed,” but a local prosecutor has denied this.

Raphaël Balland, prosecutor of Gap, said: “I wanted to quash the rumour currently doing the rounds because on no account did this man make such comments about the fact that the attack may have been motivated by the victims’ dress code.”

The man was arrested after the attack at the Alpine resort of Garde-Colombe, near Laragne, in southern France.

The attacker, named as Mohamed B, 37, “may have acted out of religious motives”, French television channel TF1 reported.

Despite the prosecutor’s denial, TF1 reported that he was angry that the girls were wearing shorts.

The mother had helped the attacker when he became ill the previous day, TF1 said.

He stabbed the girls while they breakfasted on the terrace of their chalet and then went inside and knifed their mother.

The 8-year-old was rushed to hospital in Grenoble with a punctured lung, according to initial reports.

Her mother, 46, and sisters aged 12 and 14, are being treated at the hospital of Gap, closer to the scene of the attack. Their injuries are severe but not considered life-threatening.

The attack took place around 10 am. The assailant stabbed the three girls on the terrace of of their chalet before attacking their mother inside.

He stabbed her in the chest, the newspaper Dauphine Libere reported.

The local mayor, Edmond Francou, said he preferred “not to speculate about the motive of the attack” in the wake of the massacre in Nice last week.

The Moroccan-born attacker has a police record for petty crimes over the past 15 years.

He is reported to have been on holiday at the resort with his pregnant wife and two children. The two families were staying next to each other and the assailant’s wife is “devastated”, according to the mayor….

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Why France? Again?

At least 80 people are dead and many more wounded because a terrorist chose to attack on Bastille Day, the very symbol of democracy that the Islamic State hates.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that terror struck France on the very day the French celebrate the values of freedom and democracy.

With at least 80 dead, many more wounded and a nation in mourning, it seems as though ISIS could well have been behind the Nice truck attack. Certainly Islamic State is very active on social media praising the attack and explaining how the French people “brought this to themselves.”

When Paris was struck by terror in November 2015, we wrote piece simply entitled Why France. We have reproduced it here with slight edits, because it says it all:

People are asking why France in particular was targeted by the Islamic State. The Islamic State detests the entire Western world and seeks to destroy it and replace it with a global Islamist caliphate. Yet it prioritizes which countries to attack and when.

The reasons listed here are by way of explanation from the Islamic State’s point of view, to help our readers understand. They are not to be taken as a justification of the Islamic State’s actions, which ultimately are caused by their hateful extremist ideology.

Here are the top five reasons why the Islamic State attacked France.

France has been fighting the Islamic State and other Islamists.

French President Francois Hollande led his country into airstrikes against the Islamic State, bombing targets in Syria for the past two months. It was the first country in Europe to join America in bombing ISIS targets in Iraq and has so far been the only European country to join airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

France also led the fight against Islamists in North Africa, it was French soldiers that liberated Timbuktu from Islamist insurgents belonging to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali.

The Islamic State is therefore fighting those who fight it the most, in an effort to persuade the civilian population of France that the war is about French foreign policy and not about a global Islamist Caliphate and to cow them into submission through terror.

France has specifically named the Islamist ideology as the problem.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after the Charlie Hebdo attacks France is at war with radical Islam. The French Ambassador to America clarified afterwards, saying, “We are at war with radical Islam. It means that right now… Islam is breeding radicalism which is quite dangerous for everybody.” Not only has France named the problem but they are taking active steps against the Islamist ideology within France, not just against groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, but also against groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which promote the ideology ofIslamism that leads to violent extremism.

France is standing up for its values and seeking to integrate Muslims

Prime Minister Manuel Valls explicitly stated, “We seek toestablish a model of Islam that is fully integrated, fully compatible with the values of the Republic.”  This is anathema to ISIS as they cannot countenance an integrated Islam which operates peacefully within a broader society. France is proactively attempting to integrate Muslims, which, if successful, would destroy the “Islam vs the world” narrative peddled by the Islamic  State.

France represents the Enlightenment values of Western civilization.

France is where much of the enlightenment took place and where modern ideas about citizenship, human rights and the separation between religion and state were first articulated and formed.

For an Islamic State obsessed with symbolism, an attack on France is an attack on European/Western enlightenment values.

The Islamic State is obsessed with history and honor.

France is an old country with a long history. The Islamic State has a laundry list of grievances against France going back a thousand years. ISIS also hates Europe in general for its colonial past.

It blames France, in particular, for the break-up of the Ottoman Empire and the abolition of the Caliphate following the First World War.  France was one of the leading countries involved in the crusades in the 11th century, and it is where the early Islamic Caliphate’s advance into Europe was halted by French ruler Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732.

The Islamic State is obsessed with seeing itself as the revived Muslim Caliphate. It is therefore essential to its worldview that Europe’s old colonial powers are defeated. For similar reasons, ISIS has long threatened to conquer Rome, which would represent a symbolic victory over the long defunct Roman Empire.

Without that, the Islamic State cannot claim to avenge the centuries old grievances with which it is obsessed and thus cannot fulfil its claims to restore the ‘lost honor’ of the immah.

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