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The American right and its allies in the media have a hard time with the facts. They also seem to have trouble with geography if we believe several articles relating to the aftermath of the Theo case, in which a 22-year-old man suffered violence during his arrest at the beginning of February in the Paris suburb Aulnay-sous-Bois. One of the four policemen has also been charged with rape, his truncheon causing a 10 cm injury in the anus of the young man.
Demonstrations of solidarity and anger followed the tragedy, and sometimes, as a result of demonstrators who wished to take action against the police, some rallies saw scuffles and urban violence.
Pamela Geller, one of the voice-bearers of the ultra-conservative right, now describes France as a fire and blood place. In an article titled “The no-go zones extend as the violence spreads throughout France,” she writes:
The Paris riots are now spreading across France as vigilantes stage running battles with police, which have turned parts of the country into no-go zones.
As well as serious crime in at least 16 northern Paris suburbs, the confrontations have spread to Nantes in Brittany, Lille—the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region—and Rouen in Normandy, where Catholic priest Father Jacques Hamel was murdered while he was saying mass at the altar last summer. Police have been targeted with molotov cocktails, chased with cars, hit with steel poles, shot at and even targeted using heavy metal balls from the French game Petanque.
She even dared to make this awful comparison: “It took nearly five years of unremitting toil, thousands of allied servicemen’s lives and a fortune in cash to kick the Nazis out of France. What will the cost be for returning France to the French this time? America won’t do it this time.”
In support of her remarks, she has produced a map showing “no-go zones” in the Paris region as well as in the capital.
You may be surprised to learn that the districts of Barbès, Menilmontant and Marais in Paris are areas where she considers the citizens of France can no longer visit.
Of course, for the area’s gay residents, the only “riots” that occur in the Marais are caused by sales in the many fashion corners that occupy this less and less gay neighborhood.