Today marks the first round of the French presidential election. Presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, goes up against rivals Macron, Fillon and Mélenchon to become the next leader of France. Le Pen, who has famously vowed to make France “more French”; has not been shy in her bid to tackle Islamic terrorism. She describes the concept as “a monstrous totalitarian ideology that has declared war on our nation, on reason, on civilisation.”
Le Pen has undoubtedly chosen to make Islamic terrorism a high-priority factor during her campaign, especially so, in comparison to her rivals. This is perhaps an appropriate response, if we take a look at the following stats that have been circulating in the media this week.
Islamic Terrorism in France
In a report published by The Gateway Pundit on Thursday this week, it was concluded that there have been 21 Islamic terror attacks in France since January 2015. These figures, in total, have resulted in 238 murders and an additional 855 injuries.
The first of these attacks was the brutal Charlie Hedbo shooting on 7th January 2015. 12 people (including 10 journalists and 2 police officers) were killed that day. The killers’ motive: to punish the newspaper for drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Also included, and perhaps most memorable in terms of bloodshed, is the Paris and Saint-Denis terror attacks that took place on the night of 13th November 2015. The attack (which is sometimes referred to as the “Bataclan Theatre Attack”) resulted in the murder of 130 innocent people, over 6 locations. An additional 368 people were also injured that night.
France’s most recent Islamic terror attack took place only this week. An Islamic State supporter opened fire on a parked police van; killing a police officer. Two additional police officers were also injured; one sadly passing away in recovery. The Muslim terrorist, who was gunned down to the cries of “Allah Akbar”, was previously known to police. He had also been investigated by anti-terrorist officers in the past.
The figures above show a harsh increase in Islamic terrorism in France since the Charlie Hebdo shooting. Mathematically; on average over these 28 months, there have been 0.75 terror attacks in France every single month.
Very little has been done by French leaders in the war against Islamic terrorism so far. Following the attacks in France on the night of 13th November 2015, current French President Francois Hollande advised French citizens: “In my determination to combat terrorism, I want France to remain itself. The barbarians who attack France would like to disfigure it. They will not spoil France’s soul.”
Perhaps it is time for France to change. Perhaps it’s time for France to elect a leader who, like Le Pen, is willing to question the naivety of those overlooking the consequences of radical Islam in Europe. Le Pen’s policy objectives of reinstating border checks and expelling foreigners who are on intelligence service watch lists certainly seem like a common sense approach to take, but will the people of France elect her as leader? We will find out very soon.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are currently the favourites to get through to the second round of voting. Results are expected to be delivered by around midnight (BTS) tonight.