France must free itself from the grip of terrorism

Attacks will continue if voters fail to elect terrorism-fighter Marine Le Pen

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The police shooting of an Islamic madman at Orly airport on Saturday after he attacked a soldier in the name of Allah is the latest terror attack in a country where many citizens are afraid to leave their homes.

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015, Marine Le Pen said that France was under attack by “Islamic fundamentalism.”

Le Pen, leader of the rightist Front National party, said that “France is not safe.” After the July 2016 truck slaughter on the promenade in the Mediterranean city of Nice, Le Pen posted on her website, “The war against the scourge of Islamist fundamentalism has not begun; it’s now urgent to declare it.”

In contrast, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French citizens after the attack: “Times have changed, France will have to live with terrorism. We must face this together and show our collective sang-froid.”

Sang-froid be damned. Valls was booed when he attended the commemoration ceremony in Nice for the 84 victims.

Le Pen has vowed to end France’s open-border policy that allows mass immigration from mostly Muslim countries and is the cause of the scourge of terrorism and climate of fear.

TIMELINE: France’s three years of Islamist terror beginning with the Charlie Hebdo slaughter in January 2015:

2015

January 7-9: Two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles storm the Paris offices of satirical imagesweekly Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people. A policewoman is killed just outside Paris the following day, while a gunman takes hostages at a Jewish supermarket, four of whom are killed. The attackers are killed in separate shootouts with police, but not before claiming allegiance to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS).

February 3: A knife-wielding man attacks three soldiers guarding a Jewish community centre in Nice on the French Riviera. The 30-year-old assailant, Moussa Coulibaly, is arrested. In custody, he expresses his hatred for France, the police, the military and Jews.

April 19: Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian IT student, is arrested on suspicion of killing a woman who was found shot dead in her car, and of planning an attack on a church in the Paris suburb of Villejuif. Prosecutors say they found documents about Al-Qaeda and IS at his home, and that he had been in touch with a suspected jihadist in Syria about an attack on a church.

June 26: Frenchman Yassin Salhi, 35, kills and beheads his boss Herve Cornara and displays the severed head, surrounded by two Islamic flags, on the fence of a gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier in southeastern France. He tries to blow up the factory, but is arrested. He commits suicide in his jail cell in December.

July 13: Four men aged 16 to 23, including a former soldier, are arrested on charges of planning an attack on a military camp to behead an officer in the name of jihad. They proclaim allegiance to IS.

August 21: Passengers prevent a bloodbath on a high-speed Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris, tackling a man who opened fire on travellers. He was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, an automatic pistol and a box-cutter. The gunman is identified as 25-year-old Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, known to intelligence services for links to radical Islam.

November 13: IS jihadists armed with assault rifles and explosives strike outside a France-Germany football match at the national stadium, Paris cafes, and the Bataclan concert hall in a coordinated assault that leaves 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded, the deadliest attack of its kind in French history.VICTIMS_c0-112-3000-1861_s885x516.jpg

2016

January 7: A man wielding a meat cleaver and carrying an IS emblem is shot dead as he tries to attack a police station in Paris. Convicted of theft in 2013, the man identified himself at the time as Moroccan- born Sallah Ali.

June 13: Larossi Abballa, 25, kills police officer Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his partner, Jessica Schneider, 36, at their home in Magnanville, west of Paris. Salvaing is stabbed to death, while Schneider’s throat is slit in front of their young son. Abballa is killed by a police SWAT team, but has already claimed the murders on social media in the name of the Islamic State group.

July 14: A truck ploughs through a crowd on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais after a BastilleUnknown Day fireworks display, killing 84 people and injuring over 330. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, is shot dead by security forces. The IS claims responsibility.

July 26: Attackers slit the throat of a priest in a hostage-taking at his church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

2017

February 3: a man armed with a machete in each hand attacks four soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum, shouting “Allah Akbar”. The attacker, a 29-year-old Eyptian, was seriously injured.

March 18: A 39-year-old man was killed at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier. The attacker shouted: “I am ready to die for Allah,” according to the Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins.

Timeline courtesy of Breitbart, London, March 20, 2017

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