On July 15, 2021, Islamic terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, released a 40-minute video threatening France and repeatedly targeting President Emmanuel Macron and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin by name. The video is Al-Qaeda’s response to Macon’s perceived insults to Islam, such as his support of Charlie Hebdo’s freedom of speech to release cartoons that mock Islam’s founder Muhammad.
The threats have prompted a call for vigilance this summer, ahead of a trial linked to the gruesome November 2015 Islamic attacks across Paris, which claimed 130 lives and wounded 416 people. Twenty people are set to stand trial accused of being linked to the Islamic attack on the Bataclan theater, bars, and restaurants in central Paris and Stade de France.
The Interior Ministry specifically instructed police to “maintain vigilance at a high level throughout the summer and particularly as the September trial approaches,” following the posting of the threats by As-Sahab, the official media wing of Al-Qaeda’s leadership that is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, while French police call for citizens to be vigilant, Macron’s open borders policies have remained unchanged despite the terrorist threats.
Watch the following video released by Al-Qaeda below:
Islamic attacks in France
Several attacks over the last year have reignited concerns about the spread of Islam inside France and Muslim immigration.
Unfortunately, Islamic attacks across France are the norm in a country struggling with mass illegal migration. France is the main Islamic country in Europe, with at least 8.8% of its population now Muslim. According to Gatestone Institute, Islam is the second-largest religion in France but comes first if one counts active practitioners.
On May 28, 2021, in Nantes, France, Islamic terrorist Ndiaga Dieye stabbed a policewoman and shot another officer. The radical ex-prisoner was on a terrorist watch list at the time of his attack.
In April 2021, a French policewoman was stabbed to death in the neck at a train station southwest of Paris by 36-year-old Djamel Gorchene, a Muslim migrant from Tunisia. Security forces shot the Muslim who shouted “Allah Akbar” while slaughtering the woman.
In September, a Pakistani man wounded two people with a meat cleaver outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had printed cartoons of Mohammed.
On October 16, 2020, a young Chechen refugee-beheaded French schoolteacher Samuel Paty. The Muslim migrant was angry Paty showed his students a cartoon by Hebdo during a class discussion about the Islamic attack.
And on October 29, 2020, three people were slaughtered when a recently arrived Tunisian went on a stabbing spree in a church in Nice. One elderly victim was “beheaded,” officials reported.
In the most severe recent attack against French police, three officers and one police employee in Paris were stabbed to death in October 2019 by a Muslim IT specialist colleague who was then shot dead.
These Islamic attacks came after the massacres carried out by Muslims from 2015 that began with the massacre of staff in the offices of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, on January 7th that year.
As mentioned previously above, in November 2015, 130 people were killed and 350 were wounded when Muslim suicide bombers and shooters attacked the Stade de France stadium, bars, and restaurants in central Paris and the Bataclan concert hall.
The next year, in 2016, an Islamic terrorist rammed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd killing 86 people.
Just a few weeks before, in June 2016, two police officers were stabbed to death at their home outside Paris by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group.