Thursday, September 11, 2008

Recent Crimes

There has been a certain number of crimes reported in the French media over the last several days. Yves Daoudal relates two of them:

In Paris, a young man of 23 was shot and killed on Sunday night in his neighborhood in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. Around 1:30 a.m. he was struck by several bullets and mortally wounded. He took refuge in a fast-food restaurant on rue Mathis where he died a few minutes later despite the efforts of medics.

A pregnant woman was shot and seriously wounded this morning (September 8) around 10:00 a.m. on the quai d'Ivry, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The woman, whose age was not given, was pregnant, according to a police source. She was taken to the hospital in a critical state, her life possibly in danger.

Here's a particularly horrid crime, reported by Le Salon Beige:

A nun from the sisters of Compassion of Villersexel in the department of Haute-Saône, age 86, was violently attacked and sexually assaulted this morning (September 3).The victim was found around 9:00 by the nuns, lying in a ditch 20 yards below a highway where she took her daily walk. Conscious, but suffering from several fractures according to the early reports, the victim confirmed that she had been raped. The assailant was of the European type, average height, age 35 - 45. He was spotted on the road between Saint-Sulpice and Villersexel between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. The nun was taken by helicopter to the University Hospital of Besançon.

Yahoo reports on another shooting in the 19th arrondissement:

A young man was shot and wounded Wednesday evening in the 19th arrondissement according to a police source. The victim was hospitalized, but his life is not in danger. According to early reports, a fight broke out among several persons in the project on rue Curial around 9:00. Shots were fired and one person was wounded in the leg.

The assault could be linked to the murder Sunday night of a 23-year-old man on rue Mathis .

Note that except for the rapist described as European and the nun who we can assume was white, the race and ethnicity were not given.

However, according to JDD:

On September 6, again in the violent 19th arrondissement of Paris, three young Jewish men, one 17 years old, the other two 18, were attacked by 10 young men of the same age. Two of the victims suffered bruises to the face and a broken nose. They were briefly hospitalized and later filed a complaint at police headquarters.

The article goes on to describe the boiler-plate reaction of Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, who repeated her oft-heard litany that she condemns "the anti-Semitic attacks with the greatest firmness" and insists that all means will be deployed to apprehend the attackers.

I have spoken before about the deteriorating situation in the 19th arrondissement, where a sizable Jewish population lives alongside a very large Muslim community. While the Catholic and nationalist message boards express their resentment towards the media who give these attacks on Jews such coverage, often ignoring or minimalizing crimes against ethnic Frenchmen, Catholic writer Bernard Antony gives a more analytical response, explaining that the price France is now paying for immigration is the transplantation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict onto French soil.

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