Following the brutal murder and mutilation of UK soldier Lee Rigby on Wednesday by Islamists, a uniformed French soldier on an antiterrorism patrol west of Paris, France was wounded in the neck as he was stabbed with a box cutter by an assailant wearing a prayer cap and a North African-style robe called a jellabah.
The Washington Post reports,
The soldier was reported to be out of danger after being transported to a nearby military hospital. But the attack sent a shudder through the French capital because it recalled the gory killing of a soldier in the streets of London on Wednesday allegedly by a pair of homegrown Muslim extremists, an act that the British government called terrorism.
According to a police account, he was monitored on security cameras and seen shedding his robe and fleeing in European clothes before disappearing into the crowd in a subway and suburban train entrance.
A broad manhunt was launched to track him down. President Francois Hollande, in a televised statement from Ethiopia, where he is on a state visit, urged security authorities to “look at all the possibilities” as they investigate the assault.
The attack took place at La Defense business center in the suburbs, about a mile west of the Arc de Triomphe. Military patrols have been deployed for months in such transit centers around Paris and other French cities as part of an antiterrorism plan called Vigipirate.
The French authorities have warned for months that they were in danger of a jihadist attack because of their military intervention against Islamist jihadists in northern Mali. Obama also sent US troops there to aid France in the same week that Benghazi whistleblowers were preparing to testify.
The Associated Press reports, “French President Francois Hollande said the identity of the attacker, who escaped, was unknown and cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the assault on the uniformed soldier in the La Defense shopping area. The life of the 23-year-old soldier was not in danger, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.”
Perhaps Hollande needs to wake up in the same manner that British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson do. These leaders are complicit in the attacks. There is no way they can say with a clear conscience that they don’t think this has anything to do with Islam. They are simply lying if they claim otherwise.
AP went on to report, “The French soldier was on a group patrol as part of a national protection program when he was attacked from behind, prosecutor Robert Gelli told BFM-TV. The assailant did not say a word, Gelli told Europe 1. ‘There are elements — the sudden violence of the attack — that could lead one to believe there might be a comparison with what happened in London,’ Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 2 television. ‘But at this point, honestly, let us be prudent.’”
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