Gérald Darmanin, France’s Minister of the Interior, made the claim that radical Sunni Islam and the resurgence of Islamic terror attacks is the single biggest threat facing Europe, during his recent visit to the U.S. to discuss plans for the Paris Olympics next year, emphasizing that the games posed a significant security challenge for his nation.
Breitbart (h/t Nita) During an interview with the AFP, Darmanin said that he urged authorities in the U.S. to tighten their security relationship with France, with the minister saying that collaboration between French and American intelligence would be an essential part of keeping people safe. He also added that the U.S. needed to understand that it was radical Islam, not some sort of far-right ideology, that posed the largest terror risk to the games.
“We have come to remind them that for Europeans and for France, the primary risk is Sunni Islamic terrorism and that anti-terrorist collaboration between intelligence services is absolutely essential,” Darmanin explained.
“At a time when the Americans perhaps have a more national view of disputes — white supremacism, repeated shootings, conspiracy — they must not forget what appears to us in Europe as the first threat: Sunni terrorism,” he went on to say.
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The minister went on to explain that he was concerned about a re-emergence of a significant Islamic terror threat in Europe in the coming months and years, citing Western withdrawals from Afghanistan and the Sahel region of Africa as giving radical Muslims in the region space to breathe.
Likely contributing to Darmanin’s fears is the sudden surge of mass Muslim migration into Europe, with many Western nations seeing near-record numbers of boat migrants arrive on their shores in recent months. The number of migrants seeking asylum in Germany, NOT including Ukrainians, hit a post-2016 record last year, according to data released by the left-liberal government. Over 200,000 Muslim migrants sought asylum status in Germany in 2022.
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Over 26,000 migrants from Africa arrived on the shores of Italy in the first three months of this year, alone, eclipsing even the number of arrivals seen at the height of the previous migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016. This previous crisis coincided with a spate of deadly terror attacks in France, the most infamous of which being the Bataclan attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.
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