With the echos from the gunfire that ended the Sydney cafe attack by a self-admitted Islamic jihadist barely faded away, another apparent lone wolf attack just happened on the opposite end of the globe. As reported by the i24 News Service (of Tel Aviv, Israel) and also by Great Britain’s BBC, both on Dec.20, 2014, an unidentified man was shot and killed today in a French police station only after attacking a handful of officers, all the while shouting the battle cry of the Islamic jihad movement.
Police officers in the central region of the Gallic Republic opened fire on a man who was shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”) as he attacked and wounded three members of the local gendarme, reportedly slashing one of them in the face. With the attack taking place in the historic city of Tours, no other details concerning the jihadist nor the medical status of the injured officers has been made public.
Ironically, the area is also the cite of the Battle of Tours fought in 732 AD between the badly outnumbered forces of the Prince of the Franks Charles Martel (aka: “Charles the Hammer”) facing off against a massive invading Islamic army led by Emir Abdul Rahman al-Ghafiqi Abd al-Rahman. Widely understood by historians as a turning point in history, the defeat of Rahman is seen as Martel saving Western Christendom from inevitable defeat at the hands of the Moors.
With France having the largest Muslim population in Europe, the Paris government is seemingly apprehensive to take any moves against an increasingly militaristic Muslim community that may be perceived as Islamophobic or oppressive against the estimated 5-6 million mostly ethnic North African and sub-Saharan Muslims residing within the French borders. The central government has admitted that at least 1,200 French citizens have taken up arms in the Middle East as willing volunteers of the ISIS global terrorist organization.
The Gatestone Institute noted in 2011 “Large swaths of Muslim neighborhoods are now considered ‘no-go’ zones by French police. At last count, there are 751 Sensitive Urban Zones (Zones Urbaines Sensibles, ZUS), as they are euphemistically called. A complete list of the ZUS can be found on a French government website, complete with satellite maps and precise street demarcations. An estimated 5 million Muslims live [specifically] in the ZUS, parts of France over which the French state has lost control.”
In a separate finding, the Gatestone Institute published in 2012, “Mosques are being built more often than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practicing Muslims in the country than practicing Catholics.” Also cited was “Although 64% of the French population (or 41.6 million of France’s 65 million inhabitants) identifies itself as Roman Catholic, only 4.5% (or 1.9 million) of those actually are practicing Catholics. By way of comparison, 75% (or 4.5 million) of the estimated 6 million mostly ethnic North African and sub-Saharan Muslims in France identify themselves as ‘believers’ and 41% (or 2.5 million) say they are ‘practicing’ Muslims.”