“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” 2 Tim 3:13-14
As the Push for Palestinian statehood grows in Europe, France has been forced to recognize its own ‘statehood’ issues.
With the latest attacks in Paris, global attention has turned to France’s growing Muslim population and segregation, from French society, into growing Islamist mini-states.
France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.
According to an estimate in 2010, about 7.5% of France’s population was Muslim, and was expected to be more than 10% by 2030.
While French jihadis were plotting a wave of violence, Mr. Kern and the Gatestone Institute issued a report on the Islamization of France in 2013, and a follow-up in December.
The think tank (led by John R. Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) said the country’s Muslim population last year reached 6.5 million, or 10% of its 66 million people. That makes France the European country with the largest Muslim minority.
Some Muslim activists gleefully predict that France will be a Muslim-majority country in the not-too-distant future.
France Seeks to Reclaim ‘No-Go’ Zones
- In 2012, the French government announced a plan to boost policing in 15 of the most crime-ridden parts of France in an effort to reassert state control over the country’s “no-go” zones: Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims.
- The crime-infested districts, which the French Interior Ministry designated as Priority Security Zones (zones de sécurité prioritaires, or ZSP), include heavily Muslim parts of Paris, Marseilles, Strasbourg, Lille and Amiens, where Muslim youths went on a two-day arson rampage that caused extensive property damage and injured more than a dozen police officers.
“The situation is out of control, and it is not reversible,” said Soeren Kern, an analyst at the Gatestone Institute and author of annual reports on the “Islamization of France.”
“Islam is a permanent part of France now. It is not going away,” Mr. Kern said. “I think the future looks very bleak. The problem is a lot of these younger-generation Muslims are not integrating into French society. Although they are French citizens, they don’t really have a future in French society. They feel very alienated from France. This is why radical Islam is so attractive because it gives them a sense of meaning in their life.”
There Are 751 ‘No-Go’ Zones of France (as of 2006)
- They go by the euphemistic term Zones Urbaines Sensibles, or Sensitive Urban Zones, with the even more antiseptic acronym ZUS, and there are 751 of them as of last count. They are conveniently listed on one long webpage, complete with street demarcations and map delineations.
- What are they? Those places in France that the French state does not control. They range from two zones in the medieval town of Carcassone to twelve in the heavily Muslim town of Marseilles, with hardly a town in France lacking in its ZUS. The ZUS came into existence in late 1996 and according to a 2004 estimate, nearly 5 million people live in them.
‘Incubators of Islamic Jihad’
- “Hannity” tonight examined the separate Muslim society which exists in France’s “no-go zones.”
- Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer explained that the number of Muslim immigrants in France is unprecedented, and those emigrating have no interest in assimilation.
- “All they want to do is Islamize and transform the society that they’re coming to,” Spencer said.
- There are 751 “no-go zones” where police and the state have no authority, Spencer explained.
- “These places are incubators of Islamic jihad,” he said.
“There are no-go areas not just in Paris, but all over France, where they are effectively in control,” said Robert Spencer, who directs JihadWatch.org, a nonprofit that monitors Muslim extremists.
Mr. Kern said the connection between the attack and the Islamization movement is that French jihadis are becoming bolder in trying to stamp out any criticism of Islam.
“What they are trying to do is shut down any sort of criticism of Islam, any sort of speech, cartoons, discussion, anything,” he said. “Essentially, the French government and the other European governments have lost control over the situation. It’s a snowball that is growing bigger and bigger, in particular over the past 10 years.”
Last year, AQAP put Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier on a “Most Wanted” poster for lampooning the Prophet Muhammad. He was among the 12 killed by hooded assailants firing assault rifles Wednesday morning at a weekly staff gathering.
Some French politicians are speaking out.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last year, “We are fighting terrorism outside of France, but we are also fighting an internal enemy since there are those French who fit into this process of radicalization. This enemy must be fought with the greatest determination.”
Said Mr. Kern, “Europe is very committed to multiculturalism. So any speech critical of Islam is immediately branded as being Islamophobic or racist or something like that. There’s not really an honest debate about what’s going on in Europe because the European elite have so much invested in this multicultural society that they’re trying to build.”
Excerpts taken from sources below:
- The Christian Science Monitor – Push for Palestinian statehood grows in Europe
- The Washington Times – Muslims segregated from French society in growing Islamist mini-states
- Jihad Watch – Islam 101
- Washington Post – France’s growing Muslim population
- Creeping Sharia – The 751 (Islamic) No-Go Zones of France
- Gatestone Institute – France Seeks to Reclaim ‘No-Go’ Zones
- Fox Insider – Robert Spencer: ‘No-Go Zones’ Are Incubators of Islamic Jihad
- Fox Insider – Hundreds of ‘No-Go Zones’ Across France Are Off-Limits to Non-Muslims