Just the other day, Patrick Calvar, head of the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI) , France’s equivalent of MI5 or CIA, made his warning that in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attacks on Paris, any further Islamic attacks may lead to a new French civil war. The total French population is 63.9 million people of which almost 10% are Muslim – 6.13 million. The Nice attack now killing about 73 people on Bastille Day (French Independence Day), will undoubtedly further the support for the extreme right wing in European politics no less add support to BREXIT, when the PM May was in fact sympathetic with regard to closing the borders for this very reason. We will see Pen surge more now in the polls and Hollande, who was at a whopping 11% approval rating, may now fall even below 10%. This will have further impact upon the diminishing approval rating of Merkel in Germany as well. Continue reading
The German Criminal Police Office has tracked 497 “threats,” or individuals with extremist views who could be suspected of carrying out terrorist attacks, newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag reported.
This marks a significant increase since January 2015, when Germany registered 270 potentially violent Islamists.
The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The cost in lives has not been finally tallied. Estimates range from 127 to 153 with dozens of people injured.
debkafile’s counterterrorism sources note that the parties who orchestrated the deadliest terrorism attack on any European capital took into account that President Hollande would be attending a friendly French-German football match at the Stade de France, presenting them with a high-quality target for assassination or capture as their hostage. Saturday, the president was the first French official to explicitly accuse ISIS of “an act of war” against France.
One of the terrorists shouted before he died, “Francois Hollande’s foreign policy is to blame!” Another was reported by a witness as shouting “This is for Syria!” while spraying gunfire in one of the targeted restaurants: The other attacks on at least six locations were a kind of vicious subplot with the dual purpose of bloody terror per se as well as a diversionary tactic to confuse French security forces and keep them running around in several directions. The president’s bodyguards were meant to be distracted by two earsplitting explosions staged by two suicide bombers outside the stadium. Continue reading