Sarkozy wants special jails, courts for terrorism suspects

Paris was once again put on high alert last Sunday after a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame cathedral in an incident that could have been an attack on a Paris railway station.

Security is a key topic in the presidential elections in 2017, as more than 230 people have been killed in militant Islamist attacks on French soil since January 2015.

Sarkozy’s comments come after French President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, took a swipe at his opponents this week, saying their hardline reactions to a wave of militant attacks demonstrated an intent to destroy France’s social model.

Sarkozy took an even tougher approach on Sunday by proposing to systematically place French citizens, suspected of having militant links, in special detention facilities in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) 

“Every Frenchman suspected of being linked to terrorism, because he regularly consults a jihadist website, or his behavior shows signs of radicalization or because is in close contact with radicalized people, must by preventively placed in a detention center,” Sarkozy said in the interview.


Sarkozy, who announced last month his candidacy for the April 2017 presidential election, has said there is no place for “legal niceties” in the fight against terrorism.

According to French Institute for Public Opinion, Ifop, voters turned out to have most confidence in former Prime Minister Alain Juppe to guarantee security, with Sarkozy in second place, Prime Minister Manuel Valls in third, and Hollande a distant 8th.

French Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas said in a separate interview with the French newspaper on Sunday he planned to make proposals next week to Valls to ease prison overcrowding.

“I do not advocate creation of facilities dedicated to terrorists…The real challenge is to prepare the release of those who are sentenced for a short or medium term,” Urvoas said.

The new forms of war on Europe by Islam: The beheading of a British soldier and suicide at Notre Dame Paris: just coincidence?


By Massimo Melani

Two black Muslim men savagely killed a British soldier as he was diligently doing his duty.

The global television networks aired assassins who cried, in a frantic trance, “Allah Akbar,” immediately after the murderers has promised to the western world “always to be on alert,” because they “will never stop fighting Western civilization because it brings down governments and the destinies of countries,” and that “I am sorry only for women who have seen such an act,” which, however, he repeated, ”will be replicated.”

The other day at Notre Dame in Paris, an anti-Islamic, took his own life as an extreme act of desperation against gay unions, but primarily against “Islamic invaders.” The difference between East and West, therefore, has much deeper roots in politics and religion.

The issues between the two civilizations is based on the course of the centuries, with a period that goes back beyond the Crusades, beyond the birth of Islam and Christian culture, before the fifth century before Christ.

The real problem is the timeless inability of the East to welcome liberal government and the values ​​of the West; concomitantly the developed world is unable to accept a culture that is still based on religious values.


CCFM Coordinates Memorial for Air France 447 Victims at the Paris Mosque

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CCFM) organized a memorial for the victims of the Air France 447 crash at the Mosque of Paris. Muslims also participated in an ecumenical vigil with Nicolas Sarkozy at the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Nicolas Sarkozy Scheduled to Visit Vandalized Military Cemetery

French president Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to visit the vandalized Muslim tombs in the military cemetery at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in the Pas-de-Calais on April 24th. The visit will coincide with the 90th anniversary commemoration of the end of the First World War, and was announced following Sarkozy’s meeting with a delegation from the Muslim community organized Dalil Boubakeur, president of the Conseil fran_ais du culte musulman (CFCM or the French Council of the Muslim Faith).

Muslim Tombs Vandalized in the Military Cemetery in Notre-Dame de Lorette

148 Muslim tombs were desecrated with anti-Islamic and insults against Rachida Dati in the military cemetery of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in the Pas-de-Calais in Northern France. Numerous French officials, including Nicolas Sarkozy, Fran_ois Fillon, Rachida Dati and Mich_le Alliot-Marie have pronounced their condemnation of the act. The incident took place almost exactly a year after 52 other tombs were covered with Nazi inscriptions. Two young people, aged 18 and 21, were condemned to 2 years in prison for the previous vandalism; another minor of 16 years received 7 months in prison.

The Return of Religion Reawakes Secularism: Catholics Remain Skeptical of the President’s Sincerity

Jean-Pierre Denis, director of the weekly Christian publication La Vie (Life) suggests that France has not been civilized on the question of religion for a great deal of time and questions whether Nicolas Sarkozy has realized this point. Denis notes that, I sense that anti-Christian positions are on the rise and are much more virulent than a couple of years ago and I see a new benevolent phenomenon of curiosity toward religion born in reaction to this. The two phenomena coexist. From this perspective, the French situation is completely novel. Patrick Jacquin, the rector at the Notre Dame de Paris, also points out a rise in attendance from 40 million in 2005 to 45 million in 2007. The question remains to whom Sarkozy is addressing when he claims for the Christian roots in France or the Civilizing heritage of religion in secular France while being relatively liberal in his own personal life and on his positions on abortion, euthanasia and bioethics. In any case, in his recent actions and statements, the president has reopened interest in the secular/religion debate in the country.

A Dis-integrating Society: David Goodhart vs Tariq Ramadan

{On June 4, 2007, Tariq Ramadan wrote an editorial for the Guardian entitled, “Blair can no longer deny a link exists between terrorism and foreign policy.” He argued the debate around the [unwillingness of Muslims to integrate obscures attention from the need for British society to come to terms with its “self-professed values.” The next week, Prospect {editor David Goodhart published his reply, “An Open Letter to Tariq Ramadan” in} Prospect.} Tariq Ramadan’s Letter to the Guardian David Goodhart’s Open Letter to Tariq Ramadan {Below is an article about this debate published on} My colleague and friend Dr. Philip G. Ziegler directed my attention to a recent debate which has started between Tariq Ramadan and the Editor of Prospect, David Goodhart. The diatribe started when The Guardian published a letter by Prof. Ramadan. It is important to say that Prof. Ramadan has been at the centre of a controversial debate himself. Some consider him a progressive and moderate Muslim scholar, while others suggest that he is a cunning, insidious, and double-tongued extremist. Much of this allegation and subsequent debate took off when Prof. Ramadan accepted in February 2004 the tenured position of Luce Professor of Religion at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. After first granting permission, the US State Department later revoked his visa in late July 2004, forcing him to resign his position…

The World Seen From Rome; Catholic-Muslim Panel Urges “Self-Criticism And Calls For Less Stereotyping

ROME, FEB. 25, 2004 ( Vatican and Muslim representatives meeting in Rome agreed on the need to engage in “self-criticism and to struggle against stereotypes and generalizations.” “Religious persons must be more careful not to generalize,” said Sheikh Fawzi Fadel al-Zafzaf, president of the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee for Dialogue with Monotheist Religions, and a co-president of the Catholic-Islamic Joint Committee. Two of the speakers were Catholics: Archbishop Fitzgerald, the council’s president, and Youssef Kamal El-Hage, professor at Notre Dame of Lebanon University and a consultor of the council. The other two speakers were Muslims: Fawzi Al-Zafzaf and Ali El-Samman, vice president of the Al-Azhar Permanent Committee and a member of the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Association.