Trèbes (Aude), in March 2018, saw gendarme Arnaud Beltrame fall. The Paris Police Prefecture, in October 2019, lost three of its officers and an administrative agent. Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), a year later, Friday October 16, mourns a college professor …
As during the five-year terms of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, the list of victims of Islamist terrorism has been growing since Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Elysee Palace in 2017. But a notable difference has arisen compared to what ‘lived his predecessors: the impossibility of finding a national union to face this phenomenon. Including in the street, where some now refuse to go down to express their emotion in the face of the litany of the dead.
“Weapons and not tears”, claims the president of the Les Républicains (LR) group of the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, according to whom the head of state “Is leading a lexical battle while part of the country challenges France’s fundamental values”. The National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen abounds, calls for the use of ” strength “, and laughs “Those who would like us to light candles”.
The response Emmanuel Macron will give to the attack targeting Samuel Paty, this history and geography teacher questioned by parents of students for having shown caricatures of Mohammed in class, will therefore be particularly scrutinized.
Tens of thousands of people gathered across France on Sunday in tribute to the teacher. “This attack is a turning point, because it concerns events of ordinary life in the school, which lead to horror. Everyone feels touched, reached, hurt. These are abuses that must be faced without lowering our eyes “, underlines the president of the MoDem, François Bayrou.
Faced with this national emotion, Emmanuel Macron wants to give public opinion ” very quickly “ acts “Concrete”, assures his entourage. This is in any case what he hammered during a defense and national security council organized on Sunday evening at the Elysee Palace. “Fear will change sides, launched the head of state, according to reported comments. Islamists must not be able to sleep peacefully in our country. “
Police operations have been carried out since Monday morning and are expected to continue in the coming days against “Dozens of individuals” of the Islamist movement, announced on Europe 1 the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. The authors of 80 messages in support of the attack recorded over the past three days on the Internet were also to be checked, through searches of their homes or summons to the police station.
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