Philippe de Villiers has been issuing more communiqués than usual these past two weeks. Partly because of the events and partly because he is, as far as I can tell, still very much in the running for the presidency, despite some earlier reports that he had not received the requisite 500 signatures.
Here I'm combining three messages where he comments on the attacks on French police:
October 3, 2006
Barely two weeks after the attack on two CRS officers (riot police) in the town of Tartarêts (Corbeil-Essonnes), law enforcement agents were again targeted Sunday night in Les Mureaux (Yvelines): this aggression is the fifth of its type in fifteen days. In Clichy-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine), CRS officers were shot at Friday night (September 29). In Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhône), three public servants were attacked last Thursday. In Colomiers (Haute-Garonne), five officers from the local police department were wounded late Thursday night.
Reacting to the assault on the two CRS in Tartarêts, Philippe de Villiers expressed his "growing concern about the problems of crime, immigration and Islamization" and declared that these attacks "point squarely to the failure of the government's policy on security and immigration."
October 4, 2006
The symbolic figure of 5000 police officers wounded in the line of duty could be reached by year's end, a 33% increase over 2004. That is what the front page of Le Figaro reveals in its October 4 issue. The report from the Ministry of the Interior shows that in six months (from January to June 2006), 2458 policemen were wounded on duty, amounting to 14 attacks a day necessitating a temporary work stoppage. The situation is aggravated by the level of brutality that is also increasing dangerously. Furthermore, the police are exhausted and over-extended because these "cop hunters" benefit from a "relative impunity." "In many cases of violence against police, the aggressors are set free...The cocktail becomes explosive...and the nerves of some of our colleagues could crack," explains Frédéric Lagache, national secretary of the Alliance police union.
The confrontation on Sunday October 1, between police and residents of the suburb of Les Mureaux, mentioned earlier was followed three days later by a highly-publicized intervention by police (photo above), accompanied by a flock of reporters, into the neighborhood called "quartier des Musiciens", ostensibly to capture those guilty of the attack and robbery on Sunday. However, for Philippe de Villiers this was a publicity-stunt from the master of PR, Nicolas Sarkozy:
October 5, 2006
Following an outrageously publicized foray into the projects in Les Mureaux, where 7 officers were attacked Sunday night, Le Parisien, Libération and Le Figaro all point repeatedly to Sarkozy's maneuvers to cover up the increase in crime and the attacks against the police...On the scene at Les Mureaux, Marc Gautron, national secretary of UNSA (a coalition of unions) "inveighed against the presence of the media which he attributed to the Ministry of the Interior". This media presence could have "tipped off the suspects". Only one person was arrested.
Here is one more proof that Sarkozy's political displays are nothing more than attempts (lame ones at that) to exploit his candidacy for the presidency, and not the actions of a Minister of the Interior.
One of the more recent videos at Philippe de Villiers' website shows him enumerating the problems his political platform addresses, and using the term "communautarisme" where I would have expected to hear "Islamisation". Since he has been criticized for hammering away too harshly on the problem of Islam, perhaps he is toning down his discourse. "Communautarisme" refers to the forming of separate ethnic communities who live by their own laws on French soil. It almost always refers to Muslim or black African communities, but it is not so explicit as "Islamisation", the word he always used in the past.
For the moment, I don't have the impression that his point of view has changed, merely his rhetoric. At least, let us hope so, for without his hammering away at Islam, there is no public figure calling a spade a spade (or "a cat a cat", as the French say). There must be at least ONE person who says what everyone knows to be true.