Two families on a cycle ride in Toulon, southern France, came under violent physical attack after (MUSLIM) assailants hurled insults at two females for wearing shorts, according to prosecutors.
UK Telegraph (h/t Mano) The attack, carried out by a group of (MUSLIM) youths from a housing project in the Mediterranean port town, has sparked claims that parts of France are prey to an Islamic “morality police” just like in Tehran and London.
Two couples with their three children and a friend were on a Sunday afternoon outing on bikes and roller blades when the “incredibly violent” attack took place, according to Var Matin, the local newspaper. They were passing near the Cité des Oeillets in eastern Toulon, when a group of (MUSLIM) adolescents starting insulting the women of the group because of their shorts, including jibes such as: “Dirty whore, get naked.”
Several French beach resort towns banned the burkini this summer on grounds it was against secularism and posed a security threat, but France’s highest administrative court has since ruled that the ban ‘seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms’.
When their male partners sought to intervene, a larger group of (MUSLIM) youths arrived and a fight ensued, according to the Toulon prosecutor Bernard Marchal.
“The male partners had simply asked them to respect their women and that sparked the fight. The three men were violently beaten on the face by the )MUSLIMS) in front of their children. This was provocation of a sexual nature with the intention of forcing a reaction out of the men present,” said Mr Marchal.
One of the men was severely beaten and has had to take a month off work, while another had his nose broken. The women were lightly injured and the children suffered from shock.
Thanks to CCTV, police were able to identify and arrest two suspects, aged 17 and 19, and a preliminary investigation has been launched to identify other suspects.
The attack comes a month after an 18-year old girl was spat at and insulted by a group of girls who found her shorts indecent. Maud Vallet posted a Facebook picture of herself in shock afterwards with the caption: “Hello, I’m a slag”.
She recounted asking her taunters: “Why are you calling me a whore because I’m wearing shorts while a man can walk around the centre of town bare-chested without anyone saying anything?” She said the MUSLIMS replied: “Because you’re a woman and should respect yourself, you idiot.” A solidarity “march in shorts” was held in the town.
Following the incident, at least a hundred residents of the city rallied to support women’s rights to dress as they please by holding a “shorts walk”. Following the incident, at least a hundred residents of the city rallied to support women’s rights to dress as they please by holding a “shorts walk”.
Furthermore, around 80,000 signed a petition in support of Ms. Vallet, which claimed that “gender equality” and core French values are under threat.
Across Europe, and in France in particular, it seems like Muslims insist on taking perceived transgressions against Islamic law into their own hands, European laws be damned.
In June of this year, as reported by the Inquisitr, a female Muslim bartender working in the resort city of Nice was assaulted by two Muslim men for serving alcohol during Ramadan. One of the assailants slapped her across the face, knocking her to the ground.
“One of them said to me in Arabic: ‘You should be ashamed of yourself for serving alcohol during Ramadan,— if I was God I would hang you.’ [I replied] ‘You’re not God and you cannot judge me.’”
Incidents such as this have led some politicians to fear that Muslims are attempting to impose Islamic law in Europe. Right-wing French politician Eric Ciotti, for example, said following the attack on the waitress that such attacks signify a growing problem of Islamic fundamentalism in France.
“This attack should be placed in a national context that has seen a constant rise in religious fundamentalism and ghetto communities. Each attack like this strikes a severe blow against the values of the French Republic.”
While there was no proof the shorts attack was ideologically motivated, on Thursday, Céline Pina, a former regional councillor for the Paris area who wrote a book called Guilty Silence, warned of “Islamic violence that is growing everywhere in France against women.”