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PostUpsurge of Islamist Violence in France (George Aucoin, -France, 11/02/20 3:32 pm)
Election Blues? Here's something off-topic:
Last week France endured the stabbing, throat-slitting and decapitation of four of its citizens by immigrées. In one case the murdering immigrant was an Islamist from Chechnya in France legally; in the other, an undocumented alien from Tunisia. In common the two murderers killed in the name of Allah, as reported in the French media.
Forty years ago in Paris I observed the entirety of the French news media vilifying Front National Party Leader Jean Marie Le Pen as a far-right fascist for warning that unfettered immigration would destroy France. Le Pen warned that French culture, values, secularism and national identity were being systemically eroded by the guilt of France's colonial past irrationally assuaged by a senseless open immigration and asylum policy.
Today, France is demographically the most Muslim Country in Europe. Just last week, France's ambassadorial emissary to Sweden said: "France is a Muslim Country."
France is not at war with Islam, France's President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly proclaimed. But is Islamism making a stand against France's open speech rights and secularized society from inside its borders and out? Did decades of French immigration and asylum policy create the conditions for today's grisly standoff?
JE comments: George Aucoin originally titled this post "Did Le Pen Have it Right After All"? For many in France, the answer is probably affirmative, especially after the recent attacks. The central question: can France instill its secular traditions in its immigrant community without going down the ugly path of xenophobic extremism?