The media isn’t paying it much attention but according to recent reports French muslims are injuring an average of 14 police officers a day. 2,500 have been injured already this year. They’re calling some suburbs “no-go zones” and asking for armored cars. After reading this it sounds like armored cars might not be enough protection.
“Before, youths were in a mind-set of provocation,” Laurent Ysem, chief of the Unsa police union, told the Associated Press. “Now, they come to get the cops.”
He ought to know. This year, 2,500 police have been injured by young Islamic thugs in Paris’ ghettolike “banlieues,” amounting to 14 wounded cops per day.
A week ago Sunday, in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux, Islamic youths attacked two patrolmen who tried to ticket an immigrant on a seat belt violation. He refused to stop and smashed through a police car blocking his path.
After that, hundreds of attackers poured onto the streets, burning a police car and attacking officers, leaving one with a double skull fracture.
Some officials are calling it civil war, others an “undeclared intifada”, and some even dismiss it as nothing more than criminal gangs pushing back in the face of a police crackdown.
“We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their ‘comrades’ free when they are arrested.”
He added: “We need armoured vehicles and water cannon. They are the only things that can disperse crowds of hundreds of people who are trying to kill police and burn their vehicles
However, Gerard Demarcq, of the largest police unions, Alliance, dismissed talk of an “intifada” as representing the views of only a minority.
While this activity isn’t really new it does sound like it may be intensifying. Ultimately the secular and religious distinctions may be irrelevant. This is fertile breeding ground for radical Islam and unless France finds a solution quickly the secular radicals might find religion.
Wikipedia’s “Islam in France” entry does a pretty good job of breaking down this issue.
This is crossposted on Chronicles of War.