Is this the best they can do? Shutting down one fundamentalist Islamic pre-school, while France is beginning to implode from within, with tens of thousands of Yellow Vest protesters in the streets of Paris demonstrating against the government for the past several weeks.
Oh, they tell us it’s because of rising fuel taxes for so-called ‘Climate Change, but everyone knows the increased revenue is needed to pay the enormous welfare costs of a large percentage of 8 million Muslim migrants currently living in France. France has taken a large share of the more than 1.5 million mostly illegal Muslim migrants who have arrived just since 2015, 90% of whom don’t work and likely never will. Then, of course, there’s the high cost of securing every public venue from the next Islamic terrorist attack.
But there are hundreds of Muslim NO-GO Zones around France, many just outside Paris, and each, no doubt, with its own array of secret Islamic schools, where religion is the primary focus and French secularism is nowhere to be found. The Paris suburb of Trappes has become a recruiting ground for the Islamic State – and ground zero in France’s futile struggle to integrate Muslims into its staunchly secular state.
RT According to French intelligence, 67 people from Trappes have joined the ranks of Islamic State (ISIS), while other radicalized residents have carried out attacks inside France.
Although it is a breeding ground for Islamic jihadists, where hardline Salafism are widely practiced, Trappes has remained largely immune to French laws designed to clamp down on religious extremism and preserve the country’s secular traditions. Some women in Trappes openly defy a French law passed eight years ago that bans full-veil coverings. However, police have been reluctant to intervene since residents rioted in 2013, when officers tried to ID a woman who was fully covered.
“It’s a very, very fragile situation. The government doesn’t want to provoke urban riots which would quickly spread like wildfire all over France,” noted Dr. Shaw. “It’s only a matter of time before we have another attack. The basic problem is the ideology that’s driving this. And this goes much deeper than terrorist cells planning and executing attacks.”
TimesofIsrael These days every butcher shop in the town-center is halal and most women at the market wear headscarves, and increasing numbers of local Muslims adhere to Salafism, a Sunni branch which promotes a strictly conservative lifestyle.
The radicalization of what has been called the “French Molenbeek” — a reference to the Brussels district which was home to several of the jihadists involved in the 2015 Paris attacks — has mirrored the rise of Salafism across France.
Back in the 1990s, Trappes had been a source of militants for the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria (GIA), which staged a series of attacks in France throughout the decade.
“There is a clear intention to mark religious adherence in social life,” says Trappes’ Socialist Mayor Guy Malandain. A group of 200 women recently came to his office asking for women-only hours at a local swimming pool, which he refused in the name of France’s strict secular principles.
He also stopped calls to prayer blaring from a loudspeaker at one of the town’s five mosques, run by a group thought to be linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. All of which has caused unease in a country where politicians tend to emphasize shared values and often express concern over communities “shutting themselves off” from mainstream French society.
Allal, who runs a cafe near the market, says since he stopped serving alcohol in 2015, his business “has quadrupled.”
France which has been on high alert since early 2015 when the wave of jihadist attacks began that have so far killed more than 240 people. “What worries me are the growing calls for an isolated cultural identity,” said Othman Nasrou, a local lawmaker.
Some officials want an outright ban on Salafism, a move dismissed as unrealistic by legal experts but which echoes a widespread view that recent laws aimed at curbing extremism haven’t done enough.
Trappes is just one of many towns in France where radical Islam has planted roots. Last year, a poll of French high school students found that 32% of Muslim students believe Islamic doctrine is superior to scientific fact. In 2016, a similar poll found that 68 percent believe French law is subordinate to Islamic law.