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World Macron Flinches as Radical Islamists Hit France’s Pressure Points

09:10  21 october  2020
09:10  21 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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President Macron ’ s government is finally taking a tough line on Islamist terrorism after a string of shocking incidents culminated in the beheading of a teacher. Why has it taken so long for it to take this problem seriously?

Macron also promised to take “concrete actions” against radical Islamist terrorism. Macron spoke following a meeting with anti-terrorism police in the Paris suburb of Bobigny. His country’ s struggle with radical Islam predates last week’ s beheading, however.

(Bloomberg) -- The killing of a high-school history teacher in a Paris suburb last week was a shocking, but painfully familiar experience for France.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Relatives and colleagues hold a picture of Samuel Paty during the 'Marche Blanche' in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on October 20, 2020, in solidarity after a teacher was beheaded for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. © Photographer: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images Relatives and colleagues hold a picture of Samuel Paty during the 'Marche Blanche' in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on October 20, 2020, in solidarity after a teacher was beheaded for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Thousands took to the streets to show their solidarity with 47-year-old Samuel Paty, beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his students. They also recalled the Charlie Hebdo attack almost six years ago, when 12 people were gunned down at the magazine that first published the drawings.

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French President Emmanuel Macron held a defense council meeting in the wake of the brutal attack on a history teacher in a Paris suburb, vowing that “ Islamists will not sleep peacefully in France ”, with probes to be conducted of the authors of 80 posts on social media that expressed support for the

French police have raided dozens of Islamist groups and suspected extremists amid growing pressure on the The pupil’s father and Abdelhakim Sefrioui, a well-known Islamist radical with links to the Islamists must not be allowed sleep soundly in our country.” France ’ s chief public prosecutors were

“I am Charlie,” read the placards in January 2015. “I am a teacher,” they said this weekend. Even bigger crowds are expected to turn out on Wednesday when President Emmanuel Macron leads a memorial for the victim.

When the gruesome details of the murder broke on Friday night, Macron headed straight to the crime scene to issue a grim-faced defense of France’s free-speech principles. On Tuesday, he was back in a hot spot on the capital’s outskirts to take stock of efforts to stamp out radicalism, pointing to hundreds of prayer halls and secret schools shut down since he took office.

Fundamentalist violence is a defining issue for France that could cost Macron re-election in 2022.

“We know what we have to do,” he said. “Our fellow citizens are looking for action. The action is there and we’ll intensify it.”

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  France's overdue reckoning with Islamist extremism Across France, thousands took to the streets on Sunday to protest the assassination of a teacher. The stakes for President Emmanuel Macron are great. His response to this crisis won't simply shape his legacy, but the future of the Fifth Republic itself. © Provided by Washington Examiner Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an Islamic terrorist. The terrorist apparently targeted Paty after learning that he had shown his class a photo of Charlie Hebdo's famous Prophet Mohammed magazine cover. That cover led to a January 2015 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the murder of 12 innocent people.

The problem with France ' s President Emmanuel Macron , writes John Laughland, is that deep down he is It is impossible to think of a more powerful proof of the level of penetration of Islamist terrorist To introduce a radical review of the presence of Islamists in public services, especially the police, of

While the French president claims to have as a goal to create an “ Islam of France ,” a survey following the deadly attack in southern France shows that a majority wishes to see more decisive steps and think Macron isn’t doing enough.

Yet the incident in the middle-class neighborhood of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine hits on all the pressure points in France’s value-system that Macron has failed to eradicate three years after he defeated the anti-immigrant nationalist Marine Le Pen to claim power.

The tension between a republican constitution and a Muslim minority, like the struggle to integrate some migrants, is still there, bubbling under the surface, or exploding in sudden violence like in the case of Paty, often amplified by the social media echo chamber that challenges politicians everywhere.

“Secularism is key,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said, a reference to the idea that French citizens should keep their religious beliefs out of public life. “It allows us to have differences, to believe or not to believe, and to respect each other.”

For many in France, a country that underwent a revolution to enshrine the separation of church and state, the question is whether that core principle can still hold in the classroom, in the work place and in government.

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France ' s leader calls his Russian counterpart after the beheading of a teacher by a French President Emmanuel Macron has urged Russia to boost co-operation in fighting terrorism The father - who has not been named - is accused, along with a preacher described by the media as a radical Islamist , of

Mr Macron said an investigation would establish whether the attack was directed or simply inspired by the terror group. He pulled up in the car to four police officers who were jogging in the city and opened fire, hitting one in the shoulder, then sped off to Trebes siege: France supermarket shooting.

Paty had shared the cartoons in a class on freedom of speech. It was a lesson in civics that incurred the wrath of some Muslim parents. That hatred spilled online and morphed into a kind of call to arms. His killer in fact was an 18-year-old refugee from Chechnya with no links to the school. He was shot dead by police.

France’s relationship with its Muslim minority is complicated. The idea of secular citizenship is woven into the country’s identity —  and religious iconography is therefore banned. In schools, where the culture wars play out, it’s a matter of principle that there are no crucifixes hanging on walls and girls aren’t allowed to wear veils.

That should, in theory, guarantee diversity and neutrality, but it’s not always the case.

Muslims face discrimination in the job market, and during the lockdown earlier this year young Arab and African men were disproportionately stopped by police. The government’s response to Islamist violence has left many feeling further stigmatized.

But there’s also the roll-call of attacks since the magazine shootings — the Kosher supermarket, the Bataclan concert hall, the sea front in Nice. Even last month, as the trial of the Charlie Hebdo killers began in Paris, a man armed with a meat cleaver wounded two people outside the magazine’s former offices.

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  Samuel Paty: Secular France finds itself at a crossroads after attack on teacher France was irrevocably changed by the Paris terror attacks of January 2015. Three days of violence began with a massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had previously published controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. They ended with a siege at a kosher supermarket. Seventeen people were killed and long-simmering tensions over secularism, Islamism and religious equality erupted into public view. Anti-immigration rhetoric targeting France's Muslim communities also became increasingly common. Since then, these divides have only worsened with further attacks and the subsequent fallout.

French president Emmanuel Macron has been hit with his lowest ever approval rating as his popularity continues to tumble. Only 29 per cent of French With Covid-19 patients now filling about one-third of the intensive care units in the Paris area, France ' s health minister is threatening to close bars and

Fresh strikes and protests hit France on Friday as Emmanuel Macron presented his controversial pension reforms to senior ministers. Macron ' s plans involve streamlining 42 retirement systems into a single points -based and scrapping special provisions for certain public sector workers.

“The trial was supposed to bring closure,” said Claude Dargent, a sociology professor at Paris 8 university. “People thought they would be able to put these events behind them.”

Paty’s murder shows how deep the problems run. Islamic extremism has been one of the key issues throughout Macron’s brief career in front-line politics.

His one-time mentor, former President Francois Hollande, was criticized for failing to keep people safe after the Charlie Hebdo attack. At the time, Le Pen offered a straightforward response to the challenge: a crackdown on immigration and a defense of traditional (white) French values and jobs.

The 2017 election came to hinge on Le Pen and the question of immigration. Macron, a self-professed liberal, offered France an alternative to the xenophobia of Le Pen’s National Front and voters backed him.

Now Le Pen is running neck and neck with Macron in polling for the first round in 2022 and the problems that fueled her rise to prominence are back. Macron himself has said it will take years to eradicate Islamic extremism in France.

The Yellow Vest protests against his supposedly elite, metropolitans ways showed the president struggles to connect with many white, working class voters, a problem the pandemic-fueled recession can only exacerbate.

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  Opinions | Instead of fighting systemic racism, France wants to ‘reform Islam’ Another terrorist attack has intensified anti-Muslim sentiment. When a terrorist in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine beheaded Samuel Paty, a middle school teacher who’d shown his students caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, he was transformed from an educator into a national symbol. Paty is the latest of more than 260 French killed in similar attacks since 2012. As with Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest whose throat was slashed by Muslim fundamentalists in 2016 in a small stone church in the village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Paty’s killing was portrayed as an attack on the soul of France.

On top of that, the Black Lives Matter protests of this summer revealed the well of resentment among minority groups over their treatment by the French police. Throughout his presidency, Macron appeared at times to be calculating just how liberal he could afford to be.

He has tried to keep to the center, but his most recent moves suggest he’s tuned into the threat from nationalists like Le Pen.

Less than three weeks ago, he broke off early from a European Union leaders’ summit to return to a place not far from the murder scene to set out his plans to regulate Islam in France and force radical Muslims to respect the values of the republic.

In July, he chose a hardliner as his interior minister. Gerald Darmanin was with Macron when he visited Paty’s school on Friday night and he has been omnipresent since, promising to flush out what he calls “the enemy within” and shutting down a mosque. “We must stop being naive,” Darmanin told a French radio station. “It’s better to wake up late than never.”

The experiment with a liberal approach may be drawing to a close.

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France faces boycott backlash after Macron defends freedom to print Mohammed cartoons .
French President Emmanuel Macron is facing backlash in some Muslim countries in response to remarks he made in support of free speech after a teacher was beheaded by an Islamist. © Provided by Washington Examiner Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the most prominent leader to call for a boycott on French products, which he did on Monday. The row began after Macron defended the right of his citizens to publish depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, an act that is forbidden in Islam.

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