Friday, April 28, 2017

Le Pen Woos Hard-Left Voters, Calls to Not ‘Submit’ to ‘Neoliberal’ Macron

Marine Le Pen has reached out to supporters of her hard-left former rival Jean-Luc Mélenchon, arguing her anti-establishment pitch reflects their outlook better than centrist former Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron.

Mr. Mélenchon ran for president under the slogan “Unsubmissive France”; the Front National leader urged her followers not to “submit” to the “neoliberal” capitalism of her establishment rival, which many on the left oppose.
“I want to ask Mélenchon’s supporters, ‘Do you really intend to cast your votes for Mr. Macron?’” Ms. Le Pen said in a televised interview on Tuesday, referring to a new labour law reviled by leftists.
Mr. Macron, she claimed, “would pass legislation a thousand times” worse than the outgoing Socialist administration.
She said she was the “candidate of the people”, whilst repeatedly referring to her opponent as the choice of “oligarchs”, echoing the language of her former hard-left rival, France24 reports.
A “submissive” Mr. Macron leading the nation would mean “France submitting to everything: to the European Union, to Germany, to the United States, etc”, she added.
The “anti-capitalist” candidate was eliminated in the first round of voting, after winning the support of more that 19 per cent of voters. Ms. Le Pen came a close second, with 21.3 per cent of the vote, behind Mr. Macron on 24.01 per cent.
Mr. Mélenchon has so far refused to endorse Mr. Macron, but has said he would not vote for Ms. Le Pen.
Following her televised appearance, leaflets appeared on social media comparing Ms. Le Pen’s Front National policies to those of Mr. Mélenchon’s manifesto.
The two candidates agree on issues as diverse as bringing in protectionist measures to electoral reform and proportional representation, as well as leaving the European Union (EU) and NATO.
The major point of divergence is migration, integration, and multiculturalism. The right wing candidate wants to almost completely stop immigration, whereas the left winger “welcomes” migrants.

Ms. Le Pen has also been frank and direct about the problems associated with radical Islam and terror. Her former rival, however, has said there is no link between Islam and terror and has called Le Pen “racist”.

Turkey's NATO Membership Should Be Revoked

By E. Jeffrey Ludwig

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on April 16 won a referendum by a narrow margin of 51.4%, extending the powers of his office and curtailing the powers of the parliament and judiciary in Turkey.  This vote took place at a time when approximately 40,000 individuals have been jailed following a coup attempt against Erdoğan.  Despite the curtailment of the other branches of government and the incarceration of many of those who strongly oppose him, Erdoğan, in an interview with CNN, insisted that these reforms do not make him a dictator.  He stupidly declared himself mortal and insisted that he would have a successor as supposed reasoned proof that his holding of the office would not be permanent.
Erdoğan's new powers bring up another important question: who deserves to belong to NATO? 
Whether Turkey is or is not a democracy after this revamping of the government by Erdoğan  is important, as it is one of the two purposes that are the basis for NATO unity, with the other being military support in the case of attack.  NATO itself states, "NATO promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defence and security issues to build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict." 
The term "democratic values" is sufficiently vague to cover a range of definitions.  Keeping in mind that NATO was originally a defensive organization against communism, particularly as represented by the USSR, democratic values could be understood as "non-communist values."  The federalism and checks and balances of the U.S. constitutional model could not be said to apply to many of the European states.  Further, the idea of a responsible citizenry at the grassroots is different in the USA from how it is in European states.  Also, some of those states at the time NATO was formed enjoyed colonial rule over other countries, whereas the United States had never gone the colonial route, although many on the left would dispute this statement.
The parsing of the definition of a democracy has become a commonplace in the Middle East.  Often, democracy is portrayed as simply allowing people to vote rather than imposing a military dictatorship on the populace.  Compromise, consensus-building, respect for differing viewpoints, checks and balances, proper balance between local districts and central government, an informed and responsible citizenry, no taxation without representation, and respect for law greater than respect for office or person are essentials for a democratic context in which voting takes place. 
As long as the West sees elections in Libya, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan, or (now) Turkey, many naïve people docilely accept that those countries are "democratic," but they are not.  It is typically forgotten that in the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin sometimes garnered 99% of the votes.  Workers were given time off from their employment and directed to go vote (with Stalin as the only candidate).
Years ago, after the Taliban was kicked out of Afghanistan by the U.S., our TV newscasters were so happy to show photos of smiling Muslim women voting for the first time with purple ink on their fingers as a sign that they had gone to the polls.  Thus, if people vote, you have a democracy.  Ignored was the fact that even with a new "democratic government," the U.S. and the Afghanis were still in a fight to the death, as we are today with the Taliban and other warlords throughout the country.  Further, Hamid Karzai, their first democratic president, was hardly George Washington.  He was a corrupt official who, with his cronies, lined his pockets with American aid and other forms of corruption.
Turkey's membership goes back to early 1952, during the administration of President Harry S. Truman.  At that time, both Greece and Turkey were admitted.
NATO was formed to protect Europe from the threat of communism.  Not only had Stalin occupied Eastern Europe, but there were real threats against Greece and Turkey by internal communist insurgents in Greece and by the USSR, which was threatening Turkey about the use of the Turkish Straits.  Because of  the threat of the USSR to Turkey and, following that, to the Eastern Mediterranean, we were forced to make an exception by admitting Turkey as an Asian country into a European alliance system.  Today, however, and in fact since 1991, our European alliances no longer require Turkish participation.
In addition to the question of a member's commitment to democracy, the other key reason for NATO's existence is the members' commitment to militarily defend the other NATO allies.  Under the NATO alliance system, Articles 5 and 6, an attack on any of the members is considered an attack on all.  Therefore, considering the volatility of the Islamic world, as it presently stands, if any country attacks Turkey, we are treaty-bound to come to Turkey's defense.
Can Turkey really be counted on as a NATO ally?  It is undemocratic now, and anti-Israel.  What if the USA or another NATO country were attacked because of defense of Israel?  Does anyone really think Turkey under that scenario would come to our defense?  Or what if we had to attack Turkey because of their helping an attack on Israel?  How could we attack a NATO ally?
As Turkey becomes less democratic and comes increasingly to resemble the other dictatorial countries of the Middle East, their governmental vision is less in conformity with NATO's stated goals.  Further, Turkey and the U.S. no longer have the same enemy we shared when Turkey was first admitted to NATO.  Lastly, many scenarios can easily be imagined where the U.S. would be attacked and Turkey would not wish to fight for us, or where Turkey would be attacked, and we would not like to fight for them.
For these reasons, Turkish membership in the NATO alliance should be revoked.  If a military alliance of some sort should still be deemed warranted, it should be written on a bilateral basis with Turkey, and in terms of 21st-century realities, not those that existed at the end of WWII.

Netanyahu slams German FM for insulting victims of Holocaust

In unusually strong language, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel for lacking sensitivity toward the victims of the Holocaust and endangering the security of the Jewish state with his support of an anti-Israel NGO. Netanyahu told Germany's largest circulation paper Bild on Friday that, "I find it extremely tactless for such a meeting (with left-wing NGOs Breaking the Silence and B'Tselem) to take place at this time." Adding that, "On this day we mourn the murdered members of our people and our fallen soldiers." Monday was Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. Gabriel opted to meet with hard-left NGOs instead of with Netanyahu earlier this week. Breaking the Silence uses anonymous testimonies to claim that IDF soldiers commit war crimes. "My basic principle is simple," Netanyahu said, "I don't welcome diplomats from other countries who visit Israel and at the same time meet with organizations that call our soldiers war criminals." Netanyahu continued, saying, "Breaking Silence is not a human rights organization. They deal only with criminalizing Israeli soldiers." Netanyahu told Gabriel on Monday that he would not meet with him if he went ahead with his meetings with the NGOs. Gabriel snubbed the prime minister and refused to take Netanyahu's call. Germany's foreign ministry disputes the account. Gabriel is one of the most left-wing foreign ministers in German history. He considers Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to be his "friend" and his party declared a "strategic partnership" with Abbas' Fatah party. Gabriel has also gone to great lengths to boost trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran. His party held an exhibit for Breaking the Silence at its party headquarters in 2012 in Berlin.

French Scientist Who Predicted Trump and Brexit Says the Maths Adds up for a Le Pen Victory


According to French physicist Serge Galam, a victory for populist anti-mass migration presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is entirely possible due to a phenomenon known as differentiated abstention.

Professor Galam, who works as a research director at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), says the science proves the possibility of a Le Pen victory, SFR reports.
“Differentiated abstention” is the key, according to Galam, who defined the term as: “The gap between the vote intention declared in the polls and the actual vote.”
Galam says it is incredibly unlikely that those who voted for Le Pen in the first round of the French presidential elections last Sunday will vote for Macron, guaranteeing her a sizeable base. He also said it is unlikely all those who oppose Le Pen are guaranteed to support her opponent Emmanuel Macron who is unpopular with far left and conservative voters.
“With less than 50 per cent of voting intentions, Marine Le Pen can end up with more than 50 per cent of the votes cast,” Galam said.
Serge Galam has a history of accurate predictions over the last two years. In June of 2016, he correctly predicted the Leave campaign would win the Brexit vote. In November, he predicted Donald Trump would win the U.S. presidency, and recently predicted that popular French politician Alain Juppé would lose the Republican primary.
At the start of the week, Mr. Macron enjoyed a double-digit lead over Le Pen in the immediate aftermath of the first round election.
However, Macron was outmanoeuvred by Le Pen when she visited workers at a Whirlpool plant scheduled for closure due to outsourcing in Macron’s hometown of Amiens. When Macron arrived hours later he was greeted with boos, whistles, and cries of  “Marine for President!”
Pro-traditional family group La Manif pour Tous (“Protest for Everyone”) has also come out against Macron accusing him of having “anti-family” policies and valuing money over people.
Macron, a former investment banker at Rothschilds & Cie Banque, is widely seen as an establishment candidate and is in favour of globalisation. Some, like Breitbart London’s James Delingpole, have compared Macron to former U.S. president Barack Obama with Mr. Delingpole calling him “the living embodiment of the French Deep State”.
The former Socialist Party economy minister is also pro-free trade and free-market, positions which Le Pen criticised Thursday when she joined several fishermen in the early morning. She pledged to take back the sovereignty of French waters by getting France out of the European Union through a referendum on the nation’s membership.

VIDEO: ‘Active Plot’ Foiled and Woman Shot as Anti-Terror Police Raid London Address

A woman has been shot and six arrested as counter-terror police raided addresses in London and Kent as part of an ongoing investigation into an ‘active plot’.

The raids came hours after a man – said to be inspired by Islamic State – was arrested with a rucksack full of knives near Downing Street. The incidents were unconnected.
The injured woman, in her twenties, was taken to hospital in an air ambulance but has not been arrested due to the seriousness of her condition. She remains under police guard, the Metropolitan Police revealed in a statement.
Four of the people were detained during an operation at 7 pm on Thursday evening at a property on Harlesden Road, North West London.
A 20-year-old man was arrested near the address and a 16-year-old boy and 20-year-old woman were detained inside the property. A 43-year-old woman was later arrested in Kent.
A video (above), posted by Kieran McKenna on YouTube called “Police Shooting in Willesden London”, shows heavily armed officers raiding the house and discharging their weapons towards the upper windows.
Police said the property and people connected to it had been “under observation by counter-terrorism officers as part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation”.
“An armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence that we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing CS into the address,” explained Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, a Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing.
Speaking on Friday morning, Mr. Basu said it had been “an extraordinary day in London”, but reassured the public, explaining: “Activity continues around the clock to identify and stop these threats and we are making arrests on a near daily basis.”
He added: “With the attack in Westminster on 22 March so fresh in people’s minds, I would like to reassure everyone that across the country officers are working round the clock to identify those people who intend to commit acts of terror.”

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Germany: March 2017

by Soeren Kern
  • Police knew as early as March 2016 that Anis Amri, the 31-year-old Tunisian who carried out the December 19 jihadist attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, was planning an attack, but he was not deported because he did not have a passport.
  • Humboldt University will become the sixth university in Germany to teach Islamic theology. Berlin Mayor Michael Müller revealed that the institute is being paid for by German taxpayers. Humboldt University President Sabine Kunst rejected calls for a joint "Faculty for Theology" for Christians, Muslims and Jews.
  • "What is clear is that the financing of mosques by foreign actors must stop." — Jens Spahn, a member of the executive committee of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).
March 1. More than 4,000 millionaires emigrated from Germany in 2016, compared to 1,000 millionaires who left the country in 2015, according to the 2017 Global Wealth Migration Review. Before the migration crisis erupted in 2015, millionaires were leaving Germany at the rate of only a few hundred per year. Most of Germany's millionaires, citing deteriorating security, left for Australia, Canada, the United States, Dubai and Israel. The mass exodus of wealth is hollowing out Germany's tax base at a time when the German government is spending tens of billions of euros for the upkeep of millions of refugees and migrants from the Muslim world. The report's editor, Andrew Amoils, warned that the wealthy are a kind of early warning system for society. Due to their financial status, education and international contacts, they can emigrate more easily than others. Over the longer term, however, their exodus portends increased emigration from among the middle class, according to the report.
March 2. A 36-year-old Syrian migrant identified only as Abdalfatah H. A. was arrested in Düsseldorf on charges of murdering 36 people in March 2013 in Syria in the name of the Al-Nusra jihadist group. He arrived in Germany with his pregnant wife and three children, aged three, five and seven, in October 2015. He had been collecting €2,400 ($2,600) a month in social welfare benefits since April 2016.
March 2. Administrators of the Johannes Rau Gymnasium, a secondary school in Wuppertal, asked teachers to prohibit Muslim pupils from engaging in "provocative praying" in public. An internal memo stated: "In recent weeks, it has been increasingly observed that Muslim pupils in the school building are praying, clearly visible to others, signaled by ritual washings in the toilets, the rolling out of prayer mats, and taking up certain postures. This is not permitted."
March 3. An 18-year-old asylum seeker from Somalia was charged with murdering an 87-year-old woman at a retirement home in Neuenhaus. Police said the accused entered the facility through an unlocked back door with the aim of having sexual intercourse with elderly residents. He sexually assaulted a 59-year-old paralytic, entered an adjacent room and sexually assaulted an 87-year-old man. He then beat the man's wife, who was sleeping in the same room. The woman died from her injuries. The accused is being housed in a psychiatric hospital.
March 4. Spiegel Online reported that more than 900 people, including many women, have left Germany to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Roughly one-third have returned to Germany, while another 145 are believed to have been killed in battle. A state prosecutor warned that the returnees are especially dangerous: "They often have had extreme experiences of violence, are strongly radicalized and have few prospects in Germany."
March 7. The German-language version of the ISIS magazine Rumiyah called on lone wolf jihadists to kill "apostate" imams in Germany and Austria. An article entitled, "Kill the Infidel Imams in Germany and Austria," specifically mentioned the following "apostate" imams: Aiman Mazyek, Secretary-General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany; Abdul Adhim Kamouss, an imam in Berlin of Moroccan origin; Hesham Shashaa, an imam at the Darul Quran mosque in Munich; and Omar Al-Rawi, a Vienna city councilman.
March 9. A 37-year-old migrant from Kosovo, identified only as Fatmir H., was arrested after he injured nine people, including two police officers, with an axe at the central train station in Düsseldorf. Police said Fatmir H. suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was in an "exceptional mental state" at the time of the attack.
March 10. An unidentified man brandishing a machete attacked an 80-year-old man in the Kalkum district of Düsseldorf. The perpetrator remains at large. In Hamburg, six people were injured when two youths with tear gas attacked a train carrying 50 people. The perpetrators remain at large.
March 10. Germany spent more than €23 billion ($25 billion) on the reception, accommodation and care of migrants and refugees in 2016, according to Bundestag Vice President Johannes Singhammer. The average annual cost per migrant was approximately €11,800 ($13,000). In Berlin alone, the actual amount of money spent on migrants was twice as much as initially budgeted: €1.27 billion rather than €685 million.
March 10. The Bundesrat, the upper chamber of the German parliament, rejected a law that would have fast-tracked deportations to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia by classifying those states as "safe countries of origin." The German Constitution defines safe countries as countries "in which, on the basis of their laws, enforcement practices and general political conditions, it can be safely concluded that neither political persecution nor inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment exists." The decision, led by federal states with left-leaning governing coalitions, means that criminal migrants from the Maghreb will indefinitely remain in Germany.
March 11. Police in Essen foiled a jihadist attack on a shopping center at the Limbecker Platz. Essen Police Chief Frank Richter said he had received "very concrete indications" on the plot to attack the facility, which has more than 200 stores and an average of 60,000 visitors on any given Saturday. Police arrested two Salafists from Oberhausen, including one who had fought for the Islamic State in Syria.
March 12. The number of crimes committed by asylum seekers and refugees in Baden-Württemberg increased significantly in 2016. Statistics showed a total of 251,000 criminal suspects, of whom 107,417 were non-Germans, mostly from Turkey, Romania and Italy. Of the non-German criminals, 25,379 were asylum seekers and refugees (up from 18,695 in 2015). They committed 64,329 crimes in 2016, an increase of nearly 20% over 2015. Syrians were the most frequent offenders 4,053 (2015: 1,253), followed by Gambians 2,346 (2015: 1,592) and Afghans 1,934 (2015: 638). The number of suspects from Kosovo fell from 1,531 to 1,094 and Serbs from 1,488 to 1,224. Criminals from those two countries were increasingly being deported in 2016. Police noted a 95.5% increase in the number of physical assaults involving at least one migrant, to 7,670 cases in 2016.
March 13. The number of crimes committed by asylum seekers and refugees in Bavaria increased significantly in 2016. Statistics showed a total of 274,633 criminal suspects of whom 180,023 were Germans (+0.3%) and 94,610 were non-Germans (+14.9%). Of the non-German criminals, 26,332 were asylum seekers and refugees, an increase of 57.8% compared to the previous year. The proportion of migrant suspects to all suspects was 9.6%, an increase of 3.2% (in 2012 the share was 1.8%). Among the migrant suspects, Syrians were the most frequent offenders at 16.1% (2015: 11.1%), followed by Afghans with 14.3% (2015: 10.1%), Iraqis with 8.8% (2015: 4.6%) and Nigerians with 6.8% (2015: 5.4%). "The increase in crime in Bavaria in 2016 is mainly due to foreign suspects, especially immigrants," said Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann.
March 14. A migrant from Kosovo who has lived in Germany for 28 years and is an active member of the hardline Islamic Salafist movement demanded that the Meierfeld secondary school in Herford provide his ninth-grade son with a prayer room "so that he can perform the Friday prayer on time and without disturbance." The man also prohibited his son from attending music lessons, which he said are banned by Islam. Previously, the man demanded that the Friedenstal secondary school, also in Herford, provide a prayer room for another of his sons.
March 14. More than 400 police and counter-terrorism officers raided a mosque in Hildesheim. The Interior Minister of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, said the Deutschsprachigen Islamkreis Hildesheim (DIK) was a "hotspot of the radical Salafist scene" and ordered it closed because it was "indoctrinating Muslims to go to Iraq and Syria."
March 14. A 17-year-old Somali migrant raped a 43-year-old woman at a train station in Bamberg. A "southerner" (südländischer Typ) raped a 14-year-old girl at a playground in Döbeln.
March 15. A 40-year-old German man of Turkish descent stabbed to death his 34-year-old wife in front of a child daycare center in Kiel. Neighbors said the couple, who were separated, had quarreled about moving their children to Turkey.
March 16. Prosecutors in Gelsenkirchen charged a 23-year-old German man of Turkish origin, identified only as Anil O., with membership in a terrorist organization for joining the Islamic State in Syria. He traveled to Syria in August 2015 to work as a medic but, according to prosecutors, he became disillusioned with the Islamic State. Upon his return to Germany, he was arrested.
March 17. A ten-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan sexually assaulted a 75-year-old woman in Tyrol (Austria). Police said they believe he has committed at least five other offenses of the same kind.
March 17. German immigration authorities are testing software that will be able to recognize the dialect of migrants to determine whether they are legitimate asylum seekers. Some 60% of migrants who have arrived in Germany since 2015 do not have identification documents. "The idea is to record speech samples from asylum seekers and carry out an automatic dialect analysis," said Julian Detzel of the Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
March 18. Five Arab migrants were accused of gang raping a seven-year-old girl at a refugee reception shelter in the Bahrenfeld district of Hamburg.
March 19. Two Syrian asylum seekers, aged 17 and 23, stabbed two female passersby in broad daylight in the pedestrian zone of Dessau-Roßlau.
March 21. Two North African asylum seekers were charged with attempted manslaughter after they pushed a 40-year-old man onto the tracks of an oncoming train at the station in Dresden-Zschachwitz. The conductor brought the train to a halt a few meters from the man, who was prevented from getting back onto the platform by the perpetrators, a 23-year-old Moroccan and a 27-year-old Libyan. Chief Prosecutor Lorenz Haase initially dropped charges against the men, concluding that there was "no evidence" of murderous intent. Haase reversed his decision on day later after a nationwide outpouring of anger.
March 21. Three Muslim teenagers were handed sentences of between six and seven years in prison for the April 16, 2016 bombing of a Sikh temple in Essen. The judge ruled that the motive for the attack, in which three people were injured, was hatred of other religions. The three were members of the hardline Islamic Salafist movement.
March 22. The German Press Council (Presserat) loosened its guidelines (Pressekodex) for reporting crimes. Journalists are now allowed to provide information about the ethnic or religious background of suspects or perpetrators of crimes if there is a "justified public interest" to do so. Previously, journalists were only allowed to provide such details if it was absolutely necessary (begründeter Sachbezug) to understand the reported event. The change followed complaints from German media outlets that the old guidelines were difficult to interpret.
March 23. The Mannheim Labor Court rejected a lawsuit filed by a 40-year-old Muslim nurse who claimed that she was unfairly terminated after only one week by a nursing home because she refused to wash male patients. The woman, who has been living in Germany for three years, told the court that she wants to integrate into German society but does not understand why her former employer could not accept that her religion forbids her to wash men. The court ruled that the employer was entitled to dismiss employees during the six-month period of probation.
March 23. The Interior Minister of Hesse ordered a "permanent ban" the Al-Madina Mosque in Kassel for promoting Salafi-jihadism and for "exchanging and inviting hatred and violence against other religious groups, states and peoples, as well as generally differently thinking people."
March 23. The number of prisoners in the state of Baden-Württemberg has increased by 615 to 7,400 since 2015, and all 17 of the state's prisons are overcrowded. The reason for the increase in the number of inmates is the influx of migrants: The proportion of foreigners among the prison population increased from 39% to 46% in the last two years alone, according to the Stuttgarter Nachrichten.
March 24. The Berlin Police Department announced the creation of a special task force to investigate acid attacks. At least six women in the city have been attacked with acid since the beginning of 2017. The latest attack occurred on March 14, when a 41-year-old pedestrian was attacked by an unknown cyclist in Prenzlauer Berg district of the capital.
March 24. A 31-year-old Afghan migrant brandishing a hammer attacked a 59-year-old man riding a bicycle in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg. Police said the attacker, who was found soaked in his victim's blood, was "psychologically ill."
March 24. A 30-year-old man shouting "Allahu Akhbar" and "you are all going to die" forced the temporary closure of the central bus station in Bamberg. Police said the man showed "clear signs of mental illness." They added that an arrest warrant was not issued due to his illness.
March 24. A 36-year-old Tunisian jihadist evaded deportation by requesting asylum in Germany. Haykel S., who was arrested during a counter-terrorism raid in Frankfurt on February 1, was already on the commercial airplane that was to fly him to Tunis when the Frankfurt administrative court ordered that he be allowed to remain in Germany. Haykel S. first arrived in Germany in 2003 on a student visa. Due to his subsequent marriage to a German, he was granted residency. He later returned to Tunisia and then returned to Germany in August 2015. Since then, he has repeatedly been arrested for criminal activity.
March 25. A North Rhine-Westphalia police report leaked to Bild am Sonntag revealed that police knew as early as March 2016 that Anis Amri, the 31-year-old Tunisian who carried out the December 19 jihadist attack on the Christmas market in Berlin, was planning an attack, but he was not deported because he did not have a passport. The report stated: "Amri presents a threat in the form of a suicide attack. The commission of a terrorist attack by Amri is expected."
March 27. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that Turkey's National Intelligence Agency had provided Germany's BND intelligence service with a list of names of hundreds of alleged followers of the Islamic Gülen movement in Germany. The movement is led by Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in the United States since 1999. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has blamed Gülen for the failed military coup in July 2016. The list, which includes addresses, telephone numbers and photographs of those concerned, proved that the Turkish government has been secretly spying on persons, associations, schools and other institutions linked to Gülen in Germany.
March 28. Humboldt University of Berlin announced it will open an Islamic theology institute. The objective of the program is "to impart academic foundations in Islamic theology for training imams and to qualify students for a school teaching post." Humboldt University will become the sixth university in Germany to teach Islamic theology. Berlin Mayor Michael Müller revealed that the institute is being paid for by German taxpayers: €13.5 million ($14.5 million) of government funding will secure the institute's finances through 2022. Humboldt University President Sabine Kunst rejected calls for a joint "Faculty for Theology" for Christians, Muslims and Jews: "The first step is to set up the Institute for Islamic Theology at the HU. We want this to be a success. It is important that this key project is not overloaded by a much broader idea."
Humboldt University of Berlin has announced that it will open an Islamic theology institute. It will be the sixth university in Germany to teach Islamic theology. (Image source: Friedrich Petersdorff/Wikimedia Commons)
March 30. Jens Spahn, a member of the executive committee of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), called for an Islam Law to regulate the practice of Islam in Germany. He demanded German language tests for imams, saying that many of the preachers who delivered sermons in German mosques come from abroad, cannot speak German and are paid by other countries. Spahn also said that mosques should be registered, saying that authorities "did not know how many mosques there are in Germany, where they are or who finances them." In addition, Spahn, called for the training of imams, teachers of religion and counselors to be paid for with tax money. "What is clear," he said, "is that the financing of mosques by foreign actors must stop."

Thursday, April 27, 2017

EU On Track to Pay Turkey Three Billion For Migrants This Year

The European Union says it expects to finish allocating this year all of the 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) it has pledged to Turkey to help the country accommodate the nearly 3 million Syrian refugees living there. Senior European Commission official Myriam Ferran told EU lawmakers Thursday that “we consider we are on track. The deadline should be met.” Ferran said more than two-thirds of the money already has been allocated and 1.5 billion euros worth of contracts have been signed. The EU offered Turkey the money in March 2016 as part of a deal to prevent migrants from reaching Greece. The agreement also calls for giving Turkey fast-tracked EU membership and visa-free travel for Turkish citizens. An additional 3 billion euros has been promised if the initial funds are properly used.

Terror Risk Sees Germany Slump to 51st Place for Security in World Tourism Rankings

Germany now sits between the Gabon and Mongolia in the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report’s “safety and security” field, having plummeted 31 places since the 2015 edition of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) biannual report measuring how “tourism-friendly” economies are.

Overall, Germany was ranked a very attractive tourism economy in the report, coming third out of 136 countries, after Spain and France. They were followed by Japan in fourth place and the UK in fifth.
Germany scored highly in a number of areas, coming top for hygiene and health, and excelling in a number of the report’s categories including cultural resources, human resources, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability.
But travellers have become wary of the security situation in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany’s borders to well over a million people from the third world in 2015, resulting in the country being hit by a series of high-profile terror attacks.
“The overall sense of safety among business travelers across Germany has fallen,” said WEF spokesman Georg Schmitt, and explained the risk of terrorism is playing on tourists’ minds.
Germany isn’t alone in having experienced a marked decline of its reputation as a safe tourist destination, according to Schmitt.
“Germany has slipped further than most, but the same trend can be seen in almost all western European countries,” he told Die Welt.
A number of its European neighbours fared even worse than Germany with regards to their security ratings in the report, with France ranking 67th and the UK 78th.
Earlier this month, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) released a report showing a dramatic rise in migrant crime in 2016 compared to the previous year.
On Wednesday, Breitbart London reported Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)  admitted that thousands of former Taliban fighters could have entered the country, potentially endangering neighbouring countries such as France.

Shock Report: Migrants Become Less Integrated the Longer They Stay in Europe


A new Norwegian study has found the gap in labour participation rates between citizens born in Norway and third world migrants widens the longer newcomers have been in the country.

Researchers at the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research uncovered “encouraging signs of labour market integration during an initial period upon migrants’ admission”.
But after a period of just five to 10 years, according to the report, “the integration process goes into reverse with widening immigrant-native employment differentials and rising rates of immigrant social insurance dependency”.
“Basically we were very surprised by these results, because really the differences between immigrants and Norwegian-born citizens should be getting lesser and lesser the longer migrants have lived in Norway. We found that the opposite happens,” said Knut Røed, a senior researcher at the Frisch Centre.
Norway’s acting minister for immigration and integration Per Sandberg said the government is aware of problems highlighted by the report, but suggested that not everything can be solved politically.
“Even if the government went further still in delivering migrants jobs and opportunities, we mustn’t forget that politicians can’t force people to become integrated,” said the minister.
He added: “There must also be a significant commitment from individuals themselves, if they are wanting to succeed in Norway.”
Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang described the findings of the study as “very bad news” for the nation’s welfare state.
“The conclusion is clear: if we do not succeed in getting newcomers into work, our entire welfare model will be in jeopardy,” the paper’s editorial read.
Norway’s welfare state is not the only aspect of life in the Nordic nation that mass migration threatens to disrupt, it has been warned.
Last year, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) stated that Muslim immigrants are resistant to integration and can cause “problems” for the host nation.
“A strong increase in immigration, particularly from Muslim countries, can cause other long-term challenges. When a large number of asylum seekers come to a local community, it can have unfortunate consequences,” said PST head Marie Benedicte Bjørnland.

Diners flee after explosion at McDonalds in French town - bomb experts at scene

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AN EXPLOSION has rocked a McDonalds restaurant in the French town of Grenoble. Dozens of diners fled the fast-food diner after an eplosion and fire at around 11.30am local time (10.30am GMT). Staff reported seeing flames in an upstairs bathroom shortly before the blast in the south-east of France. Their are also unconfirmed reports a suspect package had been spotted in the bathroom just moments before. Police said they suspect a 'criminal origin' - although they have not clarified whether this constitutes arson or an explosive device. Officers sealed off surrounding roads as they investigate the explosion, which occurred at around midday. According to one local media source someone lit a firecracker in the bathroom, which led to the fire. The loud noise emitted by such a device would also explain the reports of an explosion in the upstairs bathroom, which was badly damaged in the incident.Bomb disposal experts were rushed to the scene by helicopter from Lyon, around 100km from the city in the south-east of France. However at around 2pm local time the incident was handed over to judiciary police. No-one has been injured as all 30 diners in the restaurant fled the scene safely. A security perimitier was established around the fast-food restaurant as investigations took place. A police officer indicated other McDonalds branches in the area would be searched as a precaution. It comes at a time of heightened security in France after a jihadi shot dead Parisian police officer Xavier Jugelé earlier this month.

George Soros ‘Has Ruined the Lives of Millions of Europeans’ Says Hungarian Prime Minister


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a stinging speech in the European Parliament Wednesday, asserting Hungary’s right to self-governance and defending its actions regarding immigration and against American financial speculator George Soros.

“I know that the power, size and weight of Hungary is much smaller than that of the financial speculator, George Soros, who is now attacking Hungary,” Orbán said.
“Despite ruining the lives of millions of European with his financial speculations, being penalized in Hungary for speculations, and who is an openly admitted enemy of the euro, he is so highly praised that he is received by the EU’s top leaders,” he said.
The Prime Minister’s address built upon comments he made in an Easter interview with Magyar Idők, in which he stated the motives behind Hungary’s diffidence toward George Soros.
“There can be no special privileges, and no one may stand above the law – not even George Soros’s people,” he said.
Through his organisations in Hungary, and hidden from the public gaze, Orbán said, “George Soros is spending endless amounts of money to support illegal immigration.”
“To pursue his interests he pays a number of lobbying organisations operating in the guise of civil society. He maintains a regular network, with its own promoters, its own media, hundreds of people, and its own university.”
“I believe that George Soros must not be underestimated: he is a powerful billionaire of enormous determination who, when it comes to his interests, respects neither God nor man,” he said.
In his address before Parliament Wednesday, Orbán said that the basic stance of the government is contrary to the intentions of the European Commission regarding immigration.
“Our position is clear: we do not want, and do not think it is in accordance with the founding treaties of the Union, to settle migrants in our country in a mandatory way,” he said. “The decision on who we live with can only be made by the Hungarian citizens.”
The Prime Minister said it is important to note that “George Soros and his NGOs want to transport one million migrants to the EU per year. He has personally, publicly announced this programme and provides a financial loan for it. You could read this yourselves.”
“We reject this,” Orbán said. “We do not want to lose the right of national ratemaking for public utilities, because we fear that this would increase the burdens of the people and once again lead to drastic price increases, from which Hungarian families have suffered enough.
Regarding the regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Orbán said that the Hungarian proposal “follows the American example.”
The “complicated question,” he said, is “how we can make the operations of financially strong foreign external lobbies, willing to influence democratic decision-making, transparent to everyone.”
“The Hungarian legislation builds on the principal of clarity and transparency. We want nothing else but to be able to know of NGOs what kind of money and what kind of interests are behind them. This does not undermine their constitutional rights to have their voices heard, represent their interests and be able to organise themselves freely,” he said.
Orbán said that Hungarians are in favor of “straight talk” and reject attempts to beat around the bush or hide behind diplomatic language when discussing important issues.
“We talk clearly and unambiguously, so everyone can understand, even if we know that this may not appeal to everyone,” he said. “We on the other hand are irritated by the restrained political language, unable to name things for what they are, that has become widespread in European public life nowadays.”

Armed Police Shut Down Whitehall, Arrest Man With Rucksack of Knives

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A man has been arrested in Westminster and armed police have shut down part of Whitehall adjacent to a number of government ministries.

Witnesses and images from the scene show two large kitchen-type knives lying next to a rucksack bag besides where the man was arrested by armed police after a stop and search. The Daily Telegraph reports the suspect who was in his 20s was of “mixed race” appearance and had a “small beard”.
Counter-terror police from Scotland Yard have started an investigation, and the individual was arrested under powers given under counter-terror laws. He is being held at a South London police station.
The Scotland Yard statement said: “A man has been arrested in Whitehall this afternoon, at approximately 14:22, following a stop and search as part of an ongoing operation. The man was arrested in Parliament Street, junction with Parliament Square, by armed officers from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command.
“The man, aged in his late twenties, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.Knives have been recovered from him.
“He is being detained under the Terrorism Act and is in custody in a south London police station. Detectives from the Counter Terrorism Command are continuing their investigation, and as a result of this arrest there is no immediate known threat”.The arrested individual is under suspicion for a potential terror attack, and there have been no injuries.

French Conservative Pro-Traditional Marriage Group Calls Macron ‘Anti-Family’ Candidate

French conservative group La Manif pour Tous (“Protest for Everyone”) has slammed globalist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron saying that he is “anti-family” and places money above people.

The conservative group, who were responsible for mass protests of hundreds of thousands against gay marriage in 2013, released a statement saying that Macron is an “openly anti-family candidate” and told their supporters not to vote for him.
While the group did not openly endorse his rival, anti-mass migration candidate Marine Le Pen, president of La Manif pour Tous Ludovine de La Rochère said: “For families, for children, for the future, May 7: Macron no!”
De La Rochère continued by slamming Macron’s “anti-family” policies saying that issues like maternity, the rights of orphans, gender identity, and various taxation schemes would harm French families. 
The group said that a victory for Macron would mean a “civilizational upheaval” and create “new injustices and inequalities for women and children”.
During the first round of the election, the group was largely attached to conservative Republican candidate François Fillon through the association Common Sense. Though as recently as 2016, Front National firebrand Marion Maréchal-Le Pen took part in their protests against anti-family policies.
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Since its formation in 2012, the group has been active around three main policy issues, opposition to gay marriage, gay adoption, and so-called gender theory.
Whilst the group is entirely opposed to gay marriage, many are divided on the subject of civil unions. As part of her campaign platform, Marine Le Pen has called on France to adopt civil unions for homosexual couples rather than gay marriage which she would abolish.
Despite promising to abolish gay marriage, Le Pen has seen a rapid rise in the number of supporters from the LGBT community as many are more worried about Islamic extremism and security concerns.
Gay artist Kelvin Hopper described why he intends to vote Le Pen saying: “Faced with the current threats, particularly from radical Islam, gays have realised they’ll be the first victims of these barbarians, and only Marine is proposing radical solutions.”
Currently, Marine Le Pen needs to attract former Fillon voters like the supporters of La Manif pour Tous in order to beat Emmanuel Macron on 7 May as recent polls show him with a double-digit lead. Whilst Fillon endorsed Macron only minutes after exit polls were released on Sunday, La Manif pour Tous and others seem not to be convinced. 
Le Pen called Fillon’s endorsement of Macron a “betrayal” to his supporters earlier this week. “These are the people who defended their candidate in extremely difficult conditions and who were rewarded by listening to their candidate at 8:02 pm saying that we must vote for Mr. Macron,” she said.

Germany’s Social Democrats pivot toward PLO and Iran

German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he was not prepared to meet with him if he went ahead with meetings with organizations (i.e. Breaking the Silence) that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state and the IDF. Gabriel refused to pull the plug on his meetings and the row mushroomed into a full-blown diplomatic crisis. “Gabriel’s deliberate uproar” was the title of Alex Feuerherdt’s article on the website of the Mena Watch think tank. Feuerherdt, a journalist and expert in German-Israel relations, hammered away at the SPD’s growing anti-Israel tendencies and the largely monolithic media and political criticism in Germany of Netanyahu’s cancellation. He noted the double standard in Germany: There was not a bleep of protest over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to punish Israel for construction of buildings in the disputed territories by canceling her May trip to Israel, noted Feuerherdt. Gabriel is, of course, no stranger to slashing language that assaults Israel’s raison d’être, namely, political Zionism. He termed Israel’s presence in Hebron an “apartheid regime.” His partisan views are clearly written on the wall. For Gabriel, Mahmoud Abbas is a “friend’ and his SPD party declared itself to be in a “strategic partnership” with Abbas’s Fatah party. Moreover, the SPD hosted a Breaking the Silence exhibit in 2012 at the party’s Willy Brandt headquarters in Berlin. The current president of Germany, the Social Democrat’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, waxed lyrical about the Breaking the Silence, a group that uses anonymous testimonies to claim Israel’s army commits war crimes. All of this helps to explain why Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, rejected just days ago a German mediation role (i.e, Gabriel) in the Israel-PLO conflict. The chairman and candidate for chancellor of the Social Democratic Party, Martin Schulz, described Abbas’s speech to the European Parliament last year as “stimulating.” During the June 2016 speech, Abbas accused Israeli rabbis of urging the government to poison Palestinian water. The New York Times wrote at the time that Abbas’s claim about lethally contaminating water used by the Palestinians echoed “antisemitic claims that led to the mass killings of European Jews in medieval times.” Gabriel has scarce experience in the Middle East. The vice chancellor – his party sits in a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party – is a hardcore economic nationalist who prioritizes his country’s business interests over historical responsibility toward the Jewish people. He rushed to Iran with a large business delegation just days after the nuclear accord was reached in July 2015. Gabriel appears to not have met with any organizations critical of the Islamic Republic while in Tehran. He dashed off to Iran again in 2016 with another business group. Gabriel’s predecessor, Steinmeier, tagged Netanyahu as “very coarse” for his piercing criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. As a result of the atomic pact, German companies are expected to secure a multi-billion dollar windfall from trade deals with the mullah regime. And key leaders within the Social Democrats have been frothing at the mouth over Israel’s opposition to the Iran nuclear weapons deal and over Netanyahu’s opposition to concessions to the Palestinians. As the former economic affairs minister and current foreign minister, Gabriel has not stopped German taxpayer funds from going to the Palestinian Authority, and likely going to convicted Palestinian terrorists and their families. The German government has provides millions of euros to NGOs in the West Bank, the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and Israel that are engaged in political warfare against Israel, according to the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor. Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, said “German funding to organizations like B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence is a small part of the problem; the government also provides money to radical organizations that delegitimize the right of the Jewish people to sovereign equality. This controversy [over Gabriel’s visit] is an opportunity to hold a serious dialogue between elected officials to solve the problems arising from the paralleled European links with Israeli political groups and NGOs.” The shift of the Social Democrats toward the PLO and Iran’s regime will continue to be a source of friction between Israel and Germany. The likely continuation of the current SPD coalition with Merkel after this fall’s election will keep the diplomatic tension high for the German government’s next five-year term.

Anti-Semitism Claims Force UK Liberal Democrats to Drop Two Election Candidates

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Two Liberal Democrat candidates have been forced to withdraw their candidacy for the UK’s upcoming general election after they were found to be “unfit to represent the party” because of past anti-Semitic comments.

The first to go was Ashuk Ahmed, Liberal Democrat candidate for Luton South, who has left the party following allegations of anti-Semitic posts on social media.
According to a report in Luton Today, the alleged postings on Facebook and Twitter date from 2014 – before the last general election when Mr. Ahmed was the party’s local candidate. They include a series comparing Jews to Nazis, suggestions that Zionists control “half the world” and claims that Labour and the Conservatives are controlled by “Zionist paymasters”.
Mr Ahmed also shared a video made by an extreme anti-Semitic group AshkeNazi, which claims to “expose… the current takeover of the United States by the Jewish Ashkenazi tribe”.
As soon as the posts were made public in an article by the MailOnline the party acted, with a spokesman saying,  “Mr Ahmed is no longer a member of the party and will not be a Liberal Democrat candidate in the coming election.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said: “Despite the fact that Ahmed had been exposed as an antisemite, the Liberal Democrats still decided to select him as their candidate for the Luton South Constituency in the forthcoming General Election, just as they did in 2015.
“The Party only moved to suspend Ahmed when Campaign Against Antisemitism exposed him.”
Former Bradford East MP David Ward, who held the seat for five years until 2015, has also been banned from standing again in June’s election by leader Tim Farron.
Mr. Ward, who planned to stand and try to regain the seat he lost in the last election – caused controversy in 2013 when he accused “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians.
His party membership has been suspended and an independent panel will carry out an investigation after the election, according to the BBC.
His decision was welcomed by the Jewish Leadership Council, which called Mr. Ward “an unrepentant serial offender”.
In 2013, Mr. Ward posted a tweet calling Israel an “apartheid state” and said that “Zionists” were “losing the battle”.  Mr. Ward refused to apologise at the time and had the party whip withdrawn.

Marine Le Pen SURGES in latest poll as Macron is blasted for first round celebrations

THE French electorate are abandoning Emmanuel Macron after a series of gaffes have helped Marine Le Pen back in contention ahead of the presidency campaign, latest polls show. Europhile Macron, who has previously vowed to go “tough” on the UK’s historic Brexit vote, has been roasted for seemingly swanning around Paris like he has already won the presidency. An Elabe poll for BFM TV found that half of people surveyed considered that Ms Le Pen's campaign had started well, compared with just 43 per cent for Macron.Another found some 61 per cent of French voters think that Ms Le Pen is leading a successful second-round campaign, compared to 48 per cent for Mr Macron, according to a Harris Interactive poll for RMC and Atlantico published on Wednesday. Mr Macron is the current frontrunner ahead of the second round of the French election but has been accused of complacency by both rivals and allies.He was booed and jeered by striking factory workers during a chaotic campaign visit in northern France, marking a stark contrast with Ms Le Pen taking photographs with workers. She vowed to stop the factory from closing if elected on May 7, and told the striking staff: “Everyone knows what side Emmanuel Macron is on - he is on the side of the corporations.“I am on the workers' side, here in the car park, not in the restaurants of Amiens.” Ms Le Pen’s supporters, including her father, are trying to split the unified front against her by praising the defeated far left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.In a Channel 4 interview, aired in February, the En Marche! chief repeatedly promised to ensure Britain faced “consequences” for voting Leave. Rivals and potential allies alike criticised Mr Macron for visiting on an expensive Parisian restaurant, the same choice as unpopular incumbent François Hollande, for celebrations after coming out on top in the first round of voting.Mr Macron won the first-round vote on Sunday with 23.9 per cent of the total vote. His rival, anti-EU Ms Le Pen, finished second after gathering 21.4 per cent of support.Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the National Front, in a radio interview said: “I think that her campaign was too cool.“If I’d been in her place, I would have had a campaign like Trump’s. That’s to say, a wide-open campaign, very aggressive against those who are responsible for the decay of the country, whether right or left.”

French Mayor Fined for Mentioning Demographic Changes in Local Schools

French mayor Robert Ménard has been fined by the government for hate speech after mentioning that French children were being “replaced” in schools in his town.

Mr. Ménard, who serves as the mayor of Béziers, was sentenced to a fine of 2,000 euros for the comments he made on Twitter in September of 2016, France 24 reports. The independent mayor, who is supported by the Front National, then told local television station LCI a few days after making the post: “In a class in the city centre of my town, 91 per cent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a problem. There are limits to tolerance”.
Ménard wrote he was witnessing “The Great Replacement”, a term used by the French populist right and coined by openly gay prolific French author Renaud Camus.
According to Camus’ theory, France and Western Europe are undergoing a cultural and demographic replacement due to mass migration. He argues the last time Europe underwent such a rapid transformation was during the so-called barbarian invasions during the collapse of the Roman Empire in the third century.
The judge in the hate speech case against Ménard assigned one thousand euros for the hate speech and another thousand euros to cover the court costs of the seven anti-racist organisations who brought the matter to court including the League for Human Rights and SOS Racisme, two organisations who have received funding from left-wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations in the past.
The prosecutor in the case denounced the comments saying of Ménard: “He reduces them to their religion, regardless of whether they have French nationality or do not practice this religion.” Ménard’s lawyer framed the issue as an infringement on freedom of speech and told the court not to pass “a death penalty of the freedom to think”.
“If the truth, what we see, becomes an offence, we can never say anything again,” Ménard said. “I have described a situation, I have said what all the elected officials find and never dare to say,” adding: “To leave them like that is to condemn them. That’s why I’m trying to solve this problem.”
Ménard supports Marine Le Pen in the French presidential race and shares many of the same views on mass migration. Le Pen has promised that if elected she will get France out of the open-border Schengen agreement and has proposed to deport foreign radical Islamists following the shooting on the Champs Élysées that killed a police officer last Friday.