Man Rams Van into Christmas Market in France

Guillaume Fouin, Reuters, December 23, 2014

A man ploughed a van into a crowded Christmas market in Nantes in western France on Monday, injuring at least 10 people in the country’s third violent attack in as many days.

The driver, who authorities said stabbed himself after the crash, and four people were badly injured, with one of the victims in critical condition, local officials said.

France is on high alert for attacks on its soil after calls from Islamist militants to attack French citizens and interests in reprisal for the country’s military strikes on Islamist strongholds in the Middle East and Africa this year.

Authorities called on people to keep calm and said the driver had made no religious or political claims, appeared to have acted alone, and likely suffered from mental illness.

A local newspaper first reported that the driver had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic), but witnesses told Reuters that he had not said it.

The incident occurred a day after a man rammed his car into crowds in the eastern city of Dijon, shouting “Allahu Akbar”. Thirteen people were injured. On Saturday, a man was shot after he stabbed and wounded three police officers in central France while yelling “Allahu Akbar”.

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Prosecutors said on Monday that the Dijon driver suffered from mental illness, had received psychiatric care over 150 times in the past 13 years and had no ideological motive.

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  • MekongDelta69

    You import the third world…

    You get the third world.

    • Mosaic

      But if you don’t you are an evil racist

      • Paleoconn

        No, we became racist after we brought these people in. Racism is not possible when races are separate.

    • Fed Up

      Permit me to offer a minor correction:

      You import the third world. . . you BECOME the third world!

      Sorry, MekongDelta69, but I suspect you won’t be offended by my little fix.

  • What, no “mentally ill,” “motive unclear,” “backlash?”

    • propagandaoftruth

      This is NOT what it appears. Muslims are nice. Move on.

  • superlloyd

    This is a concerted campaign despite the governments feeble protestations to the contrary. Time to expel all muslims from Christian countries.

  • SentryattheGate

    Of course no description or a name.

  • Mosaic

    I am sure that muslim person also must have shouted “allahu akbar” when he hit the people in his van (a clear attempted mass murder) but the mainstream media in France and around the world will either not mention it, or buIIshit the general public and say that he shouted “Merry Christmas” while doing it.

    • See The Future

      Yes he did

  • NoMosqueHere

    OUOTE: France is on high alert for attacks on its soil after calls from Islamist militants to attack French citizens and interests…..

    ——————————————————-
    The key words are “on its soil.” French soil. Why are “islamic militants” in France? On French soil?

    But even Marine Le Pen does not advocate expelling muslims from France.

    • See The Future

      Either they go or France falls. Marine Le Pen will not be able to rally the masses. It is too little too late.

    • Anna Tree

      Maybe she is doing one step at a time.
      First to get elected.
      But indeed either they go or France (any white country) falls.

      • MBlanc46

        I hope that view of her intentions is correct. I’m not ready to give up completely on Europe. But it is late innings, and if the Europeans are going to save themselves, they’d better get to it.

        • Anna Tree

          I hope too.
          I fear Europe will have it easier than us though, for a few reasons.

  • MartelsGhost

    Nobody in history has ever been able to sit down and talk to cockroaches. You cannot convince cockroaches to stop breeding and dragging their filth everywhere. You cannot convince cockroaches to stop invading more and more of a space until they have consumed every single scrap of resources. The only way to handle cockroaches is with a swift heel stomp and lots of bug spray followed by a vigorous cleansing of every single surface the cockroaches touched.

    I don’t care what color you are, what faith you follow or what your political ideologies are, IF YOU ARE NOT MUSLIM, THEN THEY WANT TO KILL YOU.

    Everybody needs to strap on their bug stomping boots, grab the biggest cans of bug spray they can find and get ready to bleach after it’s done. After we have rid the world of our collective enemy then we can all get back to hating each other based on race or political orientation.

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    If the enemy I face is then enemy of ALL, then ALL are my friends in this great struggle.

    We either fight together or die separately.

  • Andy

    “Allahu akbar!” and no ideological motive?

  • Elba

    Hold on- what race or tribal ethnicity is the trash truck driver who plowed into a crowd in Glasgow and killed 6 people? Joo?

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is that the Arabs in Algeria in the 1950s did exactly the same kind of thing to French colonists in order to drive them out of Algeria.
    Now the Arabs have colonized France – this colonization will be successful and last forever – in their arrogance they are using the same tactics to drive the French out of their own homeland.
    Saying all that, no matter how nasty the Arab tactics are, the tactics of White French politicians in destroying France and Frenchmen are infinitely worse and nastier.

  • Realist

    Gee, who let the scum into France….the white French people.

  • Paleoconn

    Meantime, we were at war in Afghanistan so the women there can have driver’s licenses.