Le Parisien, dated March 26, reports on the aftermath of the killings in Toulouse and Montauban, and the tense climate that reigns throughout the country:
Several serious incidents have been reported by the police throughout France since the death of Mohamed Merah. On March 24, around 1:00 p.m., a Jewish man, owner of a nightclub in Dijon (Côte-d'Or) filed a complaint after receiving death threats by e-mail. His mysterious correspondent claimed to be from al-Qaeda and made a reference to the murders committed by Mohamed Merah, indicating that he had to turn over to him a large sum of money if he wanted to live.
The same day, a few hours earlier in Sarcelles (Val d'Oise), five traces of bullets from a light calibre weapon were found on a window of the Yitzhak-Rabin municipal conservatory of music. First reports said the shots were aimed at a poster calling for a republican meeting on March 25 in front of the city synagogue.
On March 23, around 10:30 a.m., in downtown Toulouse, three boys ages 16, 17, and 19, claiming to know Mohamed Merah, wrote, with a felt pen, several slogans in praise of the killer on a sign just in front of the great synagogue of the city. At the same time, municipal police intervened in the sensitive neighborhood of la Bagatelle where several unknown persons had written graffiti hostile to the police and glorifying the crimes of Mohamed Merah.
As early as March 22 in the Izards neighborhood where the killer lived, the anti-crime brigade had been attacked by a group of twenty hostile young persons. One of them broke away from the group and threatened the police declaring: "My buddy Mohamed, was a good guy, a real one… Too bad he didn't have time to finish the job and kill more police, but the job will be done…" The twenty-year-old who spoke those words was arrested, then turned over to the judicial police in charge of the Merah affair.
Also on March 22, around 2:30 p.m. during a drug-trafficking trial in the Bordeaux courthouse, a man shouted: "It's thanks to you that there are Mohamed Merahs. Vive le terrorism! Vive al-Qaeda! Vive Mohamed Merah!" The suspect, 31, was immediately arrested and taken into custody. A search of his home turned up 14,000 euros in cash and some computers.
According to Islamisation there has been an increase in Facebook comments favorable to Mohamed Merah. Below a screen image from Facebook.
Défrancisation, quoting from a much longer article at France-Soir, reports trouble in the suburbs of Paris, notably Seine-Saint-Denis:
An apartment guard and a history teacher, both Muslims of Maghrebin origin, confide their concerns on a situation in the suburbs they consider "alarming". (…) "Since last Friday (March 23), in the housing project, there has been graffiti in praise of Merah: "Glory to Mohamed", "glory to the martyr". If it goes on like this things will explode. There are other kids around here capable of going crazy the way Merah did.
Note: He calls Merah a "gamin", a kid.
"Merah is glorified because he brought France to her knees. (…) When the police think they have caught up with them, these young people are already gone. They speak to us in the Afghan and Pakistani media - young people haven't gone there for a while." He goes even further. He affirms: "Now, it is happening in Tunisia, and in southern Algeria, I see kids disappear from the neighborhood for several months. When they come back they are very strong, very determined, with a completely different behavior: no more nanas, or rap, or alcohol, or pot. They've been brainwashed by fundamentalists who shame us Muslims." (…) "When the elevator repairman is called, he is often frisked by a dealer, to make sure there's no microphone on him." (…) Today, the license plates of plainclothes policemen are scribbled on the walls inside the elevators, to better identify them."
Le Figaro of March 30 reported on several arrests of members of Forsane Alizza, an extremely radical jihadist group created in France in August 2010 and dissolved by order of Interior Minister Claude Guéant in February 2011. The group has as its goal to set the Muslims of France against French society, by labeling the French as infidels, and the French State as Satan:
Twenty persons were arrested Friday morning in a police raid carried out in several French cities, notably Toulouse and Nantes. Those arrested were suspected of gravitating towards the jihadist Forsane Alizza movement, dissolved on February 29, 2012 by the Interior Ministry.
The arrests were conjointly carried out by the DCPJ and the DCRI (note: bureaux of judicial police and internal intelligence, respectively). Other police were called in as reinforcements due to the supposedly dangerous nature of the suspects whose home had to be searched.
The operation was carried out eight days after the death of Mohamed Merah. (…) "There is no link between the two affairs" a source close to the case explained, even if Forsane had been mentioned by various sources, then denied, at the moment of the siege in Toulouse by RAID, the special unit of the police.
Below, Mohamed Achamlane, chief of Forsane, arrested on March 30. The photo is from France TV.
Labels: Anti-Semitism, Islam, Terrorism, Toulouse, Urban Violence