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France’s Homegrown Terrorism | Zero Hedge

Posted by M. C. on October 12, 2019

The general impression is that France is now overwhelmed with a proliferation of radicalized inhabitants…


This time, the terrorist did not use firearms; his victims were not unarmed children, cartoonists or Jews but policemen.

The site of the October 3 attack was also striking: “The interior of the Paris police headquarters is supposed to be a stronghold; it is the symbol of public order in France and of the anti-jihadist struggle that has been shaken,” the French scholar Gilles Kepel told Le Figaro.

“We have entered a… terrorism made in France… with a mixture of Friday preaching by extremist imams, social networks and the instrumentalization of fragile individuals. It is about creating a new panic in society by targeting iconic … places… The attack is a major turning point in Islamist terrorism.”

The assailant, Mickaël Harpon, born in the French Caribbean island of Martinique, was shot and killed after stabbing four people to death with a ceramic kitchen knife during the lunchtime assault at the Paris police headquarters. Harpon, a civilian IT specialist in the intelligence division holding high-level security clearance, had worked for the police for 16 years. First he killed three men in the intelligence division, then he stabbed two female police employees in a stairwell (one died from her wounds) before he finally was shot and killed in the building’s courtyard.

Harpon was a longtime convert to Islam and a conscientious attendee of his local mosque, where he attended morning and evening prayers. A radical imam who was nearly expelled from France officiated there.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Authorities discovered several USB flash drives at his desk, one containing the personal information of agents and violent Islamist propaganda, authorities said.

“A key question is whether Harpon downloaded that data onto the flash drive for his job… or to send it to his extremist contacts that could use it to target the police.”

In 2016, Patrick Calvar, France’s director general of domestic intelligence — pointing to the number of Salafists active in France (15,000 at the time) — declared that “the confrontation is inevitable”. Now one of them struck “the system” from within.

“The attack at the police headquarters can be regarded as the most serious on our soil since November 13, 2015,” says Thibault de Montbrial, president of the Center for Internal Security, a French think tank.

“For four years, France has undergone several attacks. Some had a very high human cost, as in Nice in 2016. But that of the Prefecture is of a different nature: it is the first ‘blue on blue’ attack, where a member of the police force targets his comrades.”

At the heart of the extremist agenda, it seems, lies separation. “How has a multitude of Islamist networks managed to create ideological enclaves inside popular neighborhoods?”, asks the author Bernard Rougier in Les territoires conquis de l’islamisme (“The conquered Territories of Islamism”). The forthcoming book documents the functioning of Islamist networks in several municipalities, such as Aubervilliers, Argenteuil, Tremblay-en-France, and Mantes-la-Jolie.

According to the French journalist Eric Zemmour:

In the street, veiled women and men wearing jellabas are de facto propaganda, an Islamization of the street, just as the uniforms of an occupying army remind the defeated of their submission. For the bygone triptych of ‘immigration, integration, assimilation’ has been substituted ‘invasion, colonization, occupation.'”

In 2016, an internal police memorandum revealed that between 2012 and 2015, there were many instances in Paris of police officers engaging in radical behavior or acts that concerned their superiors. In one instance, in 2016, a jihadist stabbed a police commander and his partner at their home in Magnanville, west of Paris; and French police investigating a woman for suspected ties to ISIS discovered a USB drive containing the personal details, including the home addresses, of thousands of French police officials. Who provided that information?

The general impression is that France is now overwhelmed with a proliferation of radicalized inhabitants…

The problem is that France has, for years, been in a state of denial about the proliferation of radical Islam. “In some districts,” said the Algerian author Boualem Sansal, “France is an aspiring Islamic republic.”

Le Monde, France’s most prestigious newspaper, ran an op-ed after the recent attack, charging the country with “Islamophobic McCarthyism.” Harpon, the terrorist who murdered his colleagues at police headquarters, would have agreed: he shared articles calling France “one of the most Islamophobic country in Europe” — so Islamophobic, in fact, that even Ahmed Hilali, the radical imam in touch with the Harpon, had received an order of deportation from France for his extremist ideas, but the order was never implemented.

Alexis Brézet, editor of Le Figaro, coined the term “dénislamisme” (“denial of Islamism”):

How is this possible? How could an Islamist terrorist be so wrapped up in the state apparatus, at the very heart of the police structure that is precisely supposed to fight the Islamist practices, perpetrate the massacre? Dénislamisme endangers the French. It blurs the perception of the threat and disarms the spirits. At a time when mobilization should be maximum, it paralyzes the fight against Islamist infiltration in our democracies. Dénislamisme kills. We will not win the war that radical Islam has declared on us by continuing to walk with our eyes shut”.

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Yellow Vests Becoming World Wide Movement | Armstrong Economics

Posted by M. C. on January 6, 2019

Hard believe the Yellow Vest platform originated in France.

It is not hard to believe arrests were made on the basis of being anti government. The US origin was based on being anti government. How long before the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s permanently fix that?

by Martin Armstrong

The Yellow Vest Movement that began in France, is spreading. It appeared also in Belgium and it spread to Canada as well. The French arrested the leaders of the Yellow Vest Movement calling them an anti-government charging them for organizing an unauthorized protest, as authorities adopt a tougher approach to try to curb the demonstrations. During the weekend of December 15th, mimicking the Yellow Vest movement in France, protests have formed all over Canada. These are peaceful protests, unlike in France, but they have continued every weekend in various cities such as Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary etc, especially in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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France’s fake news law leaves media experts uneasy

Posted by M. C. on June 4, 2018

– Censorship? – You betcha

Government Fake news started thousands of years ago.

Jacques KLOPP

Under the law, French authorities would be able to immediately halt the publication of information deemed to be false ahead of elections.

Social networks would have to introduce measures allowing users to flag up false reports, pass their data on such articles to authorities, and make public their efforts against fake news.

And the law would authorise the state to take foreign broadcasters off the air if they were attempting to destabilise France — a measure seemingly aimed at Russian state-backed outlet RT in particular.

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Madame Marine Le Trump – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on May 4, 2017

Madam Trump? One can only hope. Can the French and Le Pen do what Republicrats have failed to do?

Kick out NATO and Muslim extremists, develop a positive relationship with Russia and as a bonus say good by to the EU and The Euro. Read the rest of this entry »

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Souffler en Arriere Big Time In France

Posted by M. C. on November 17, 2015

Souffler en Arriere (French for Blow Back according to Google Translate) is what happened Friday the thirteenth.

When I hear blowback I think of overthrowing the Iranian government in 1953 and the resultant Embassy takeover in 1979. I think of 9/11 when Bin Laden said we went over there because you are over here. I now think Paris and that ISIS went there because the French are over there.

Not that anyone acknowledges those realities nor that some of the perps were known entities. Instead we hear failure speeches on how the Paris attacks are the fault of Edward Snowden and publicly available encryption.

Now that France has been again placed in the frying pan Francois Allende wants to turn up the heat. He is calling on his “friends” to help fight the bad guys. Allende will not be doing himself any good by ratcheting up the French presence in the Middle East. Allende’s piece of the oil pie will be expensive. Read the rest of this entry »

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