Mob ‘Attacks’ Police During Islamic Veil ID Check

France 24, July 26, 2012

In the restive port city of Marseille, police fear that the release of four people arrested for allegedly attacking officers during an ID check on a woman wearing an Islamic veil will undermine their fight against violent crime in the city.

Marseille police say three of its officers were injured in the early hours of July 25 when a mob of some 50 people tried to prevent them from checking the identity of a woman who was wearing a full Islamic veil.

Under a controversial law passed in 2010, wearing a full veil or covering one’s face in a public place is illegal in France and offenders must submit to ID checks.

According to the police, the woman was stopped just after midnight near a city mosque and refused to cooperate with the officers.

A man accompanying her as well as a large group of bystanders came to her aid and three officers were “lightly injured” in a scuffle.

After police reinforcements arrived, four people, including the 18-year-old woman named only as “Louise-Marie”, were arrested for allegedly assaulting the officers—but were promptly released with a warning on the orders of the city prosecutor.

According to an AFP source, the decision was “a gesture of appeasement during the holy [Islamic] month of Ramadan.”

‘Astonished’

“What kind of message does this send out?” asked David-Olivier Reverdy, head of the Alliance police union. “We are absolutely astonished.”

He told FRANCE 24 the prosecutor’s decision would have “heavy consequences” in a city where “gun crime and ultra-violence is common” and where relations between city residents and local law enforcement are “particularly tense”.

“The prosecutor has given carte blanche to criminals in Marseille,” he said. “The message is that they can behave with impunity. It is extremely worrying.”

FRANCE 24 contacted the Marseille prosecutor but he was unavailable to comment when this article was published.

Marseille has a long history of criminality associated with its status as a port city.

Particularly worrying for law enforcement authorities has been the proliferation of firearms which has given Marseille the dubious distinction of being the Kalashnikov capital of France.

The police have been fighting back, and in the first five months of 2012 seized 261 firearms in the city, compared to a total of 309 for the whole of 2011.

Reverdy said the efforts had reduced the number of armed robberies in the city by 25%—a reduction of around 100 in the first half of 2012.

‘The law of the Republic’

He told FRANCE 24 that he and his fellow officer believed leniency after an alleged attack on policemen risked undermining recent progress.

“It is the law of the Republic [that ID checks are made on people wearing veils] and whether we like it or not we have to be seen to be enforcing it,” he said.

Reverdy’s feelings were backed up by Marseille’s deputy mayor Nora Présozi.

“If we want to avoid an explosive situation the police must be allowed to apply the law,” she told weekly news magazine Le Point. “Every citizen is obliged to submit to identity checks when required, as was the case in this disgraceful incident.”

The 2010 law, which came into effect in April 2011, bans the wearing of any garment that prevents easy identification of an individual by police in a public place.

As well as ski masks and balaclavas, the law also applies to Islamic “niqab” and “burka” veils.

Refusal to remove veils in public or to comply with ID checks is punishable by a 150 euro fine, while people who force others to cover their faces in public face fines of 30,000 euros and a year in prison.

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  • MekongDelta69

    “a gesture of appeasement during the holy [Islamic] month of Ramadan.”

    This pretty much sums it up.

    Sometimes, you simply don’t have to add any comment at all.

  • Dr Al

    They don’t “waffle”…they “crepe”…..

  • Larssonenar

     —A SURE fire method to convey weakness is to pass a strong law, then have
    those whom are charged with enforcing it cower and buckle because of
    ‘an explosive situation’.—

    Sounds a bit like the federal response in Arizona.

  • ncpride

    That France had the need to pass such a law that led to this ‘scuffle’ is outrageous.  If only the day would come when all former White nations rise up and take our countries back before it’s too late, if it’s not already in some places.

  • scott81

    well europeans seem to be falling over each other to see who can be the first islamic european country by importing the most muslims. The winning countries seem to be France and Belgium, honorable mentions though go to the nordic countries and the UK. 

  • zimriel

    I welease Wogeh on Wamadam!

  • KenelmDigby

    On another note, it was interesting to watch the Olympic opening ceremony the other day.
     Most of the French team were non-Whites of one type or another.
    Every single member of the German team (as far as I could see) was White.

    Two neighboring nations of similar development, population and suffering from heavy immigration and PC, but, for whatever reason, the German representatives were actually German.
    Any ideas?

    • jeffaral

      Approx. 80% of Paris is either arabic or black african.   As an european nation France is gone. Germany on the other hand has much less immigrants.

      • 14POLK88

         So it seems that 20% of Paris should leave and then have a wall built around the city to keep the 80% in Berlin style!!

  • And to think: it is white lefitsts who actually give these trouble makers power.

  • 14POLK88

    The liberal Government crooks,like Obama and the Clinton’s have let hundreds of thousands into the US !!  I pray for my European Brothers and sisters!  We in the US will soon be facing the same problems! If you give a Muslim an inch he will take five miles!

  • ArturoPendriago

    The best genetics of Europeans were all killed off after WWII.  What you have left are cowards.  The US is a little better, but only slightly.

  • 14POLK88

     Anonymous you are mostly right,But I will put my size 13 steel toe boot in someones a$$ no matter the race or Religion!

  • Sloppo

    Political appeasement is IS weakness.  Only idiots believe the self-serving politicians of today have any charitable bones in their bodies.  The immigrants which are the least compatible with us and the most prone to criminal violence will receive the most favorable treatment because they will thoroughly exploit the weakness of the so-called “leaders” of western civilization.

  • 14POLK88

    Agree.  One proud White Man to another ?