In April 2020, following the wounding of a multi-offender man of Maghrebi origin on a motorcycle who, in an attempt to avoid controls, crashed into a police car in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and was injured, yet another riot broke out in several French banlieues.
With surprising optimism, the Paris Prefecture spoke of "sporadic incidents" while the then Minister of the Interior, Cristophe Castaner, said there was no risk of the recurrence of riots like those of 2005 and that the lockdown from Covid-19 had created discomfort for the youth in these neighborhoods. Curious, given that there were no controls in these urban areas; he confirmed this himself, moreover, stating that "enforcing the Covid-19 lockdown in the banlieues was not a priority," while other citizens were instead victims of absurd restrictions and with heavy police control worthy of the worst dictatorships.
Double standards in short; a mechanism that has, after all, also emerged with the riots of recent days.
French law enforcement agencies were careful not to use the same violence they deployed against peaceful protesters who were on the streets in recent years against Macron, against vaccine mandates, against liberticidal measures and the precarization of labor. The French riot police in that case had no problem truncheoning elderly and defenseless people or women, even going so far as to try to intimidate those who filmed them and getting a law from Parliament punishing those who take photos or videos in which the policemen are identifiable.
Not only that, because the French authorities also raised the alarm about formations of French citizens self-organized to do what law enforcement agencies are not carrying out and that is to defend their streets and businesses from these hordes. Formations immediately referred to by the authorities as "far-right." What then of the PSG coach who was arrested for comments disliked by the die-hards of globalism? Evidently we are already at the opinion crime. Perhaps the French authorities hoped in this way to calm the anger of the Maghrebi troublemakers? For the French government, however, the numerous radical Islamist preachers active in the banlieues do not seem to be a problem, despite the harsh measures announced by Macron back in the day against Islamism but poor in results.
The riots that broke out in 2020 and those of these days have a common denominator: two cases of young men of Maghrebi origin attempting to flee a checkpoint, because clearly it is incomprehensible that there can be a state presence in the banlieues. Of course, this does not justify that police officer who shot execution-style the boy who was driving, just as riot police charges against unarmed people cannot be tolerated. All signs of a country in total breakdown.
A final thought goes to those who insist that "in Italy there are no banlieues." False, and it is enough to take a walk in the Selinunte area in Milan, in Giambellino, in Porta Palazzo or Barriera Milano in Turin (just to name a few). Should one wait to cross the point of no return? Who remembers the clashes in Milan's Piazza Selinunte in April 2021? Three hundred foreign-born youths against the police. Then where do the gangs of Maghrebians who carry out robberies and assaults all over Milan or on seaside trains in the summer come from?
Denying the facts does not change the reality; this was already seen years ago when certain political and institutional parties persisted in claiming that jihadists did not arrive in Europe by boats. This was clearly an ideological position since the facts pointed to something quite different, as confirmed later by the history. Be careful not to make the same mistake with the uprisings, because cross-border contagion has already occurred in Switzerland and Belgium and may only be the beginning. One thing is for sure, so-called globalist "multiculturalism" has failed.
Researcher of Centro Studi Politici e Strategici Machiavelli. Graduated in Sociology (University of Bologna), Master in "Islamic Studies" (Trinity Saint David University of Wales), specialization in "Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism" (International Counter-Terrorism Institute of Herzliya, Israel). He is senior analyst for the British Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism-ITCT, theItalian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues and Managing Emergencies (Catholic University of Milan) and the Kedisa-Center for International Strategic Analysis. Lecturer for security managerlaw enforcement and post-degree courses, he has been coordinator for Italy of the European project Globsec. “From criminals to terrorists and back” and is co-founder of Sec-Ter- Security and Terrorism Observation and Analysis Group.