Thursday, January 05, 2006

First French Lesson Of 2006

If France is Europe's future, Brits need to learn how to protect themselves from gangs of rampaging Muslims.

Reports here and here tell of a nasty experience suffered by 600 French people returning home on New Years Day (my ellipsis)
A gang of more than 20 youths -- thought to be North African immigrants (AKA Muslims) -- terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year's Day, French officials said yesterday.

The gang of between 20 and 30 youths boarded the train, heading from Nice on the French Riviera to Lyon, in eastern France, early on Jan. 1, as it carried 600passengers home from New Year's Eve partying overnight.

Once inside, they went wild, forcing passengers to hand over mobile phones and wallets, and slashing seats and breaking windows.

A 20-year-old woman cornered by several of the marauders was sexually molested.

"It was a real scene of pillage on the train," said the regional state prosecutor, Dominique Luigi, adding that the passengers were in a state of "panic."

Panic is a modern European response to violence - because of their small militaries, few people know how to fight, citizens can't carry guns, and they're not used to organizing in an emergency. (For contrast, see how American civilians responded to the attack on UA93 on 9/11).
Eventually the driver stopped the appeal for extra police assistance. Only three officers turned up and violence continued as they awaited reinforcements before boarding the train.

Very European again. French cops carry guns, and three of them could easily have bottled up the thugs (one on point, one flanks, one rear, cuff every thug they find). The problem is that Europeans don't get to elect their police chiefs, so cops run to political and media priorities - witness the Brit MSM witch hunt against the coppers who, acting in good faith, took down a suspected suicide bomber after 7/7.

Eventually, more cops arrived and some sort of order was restored. For a while:
The train resumed its journey with the heavy police presence on board but, just before Marseille, the youths pulled the emergency stop and many escaped.
So the cops hadn't hogtied them!
Only three -- two 19-year-old Moroccans and a minor, all living in France -- were arrested. Both men were being held for robbery and one also was facing charges of sexual assault. The minor was to be judged separately.

Three others -- a man and two boys -- were arrested briefly in Marseille but were released despite reports they were carrying a knife, a screwdriver and a small amount of hashish.

With 600 witnesses, the cops should have held all suspects for screening.

We've struck France off our list of Places to Go In 2006. But the UK has its own Muslim thugs, so while we're here we'll travel prepared to defend ourselves and our fellow passengers.