French Judge Warns of Attacks on French Soil in Wake of Mali Intervention

A French judge has said that the planned intervention in Mali, which is supported by the French government, could lead to terrorist attacks in France.

Speaking to Le Journal du Dimanche anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic warned of how France could be perceived by some in the large Muslim population living in France. From Reuters:

Diplomatic sources have said a handful of French nationals had travelled to the Sahel region to train for Islamic jihad, or holy struggle. Trevidic said four investigations were open on what he called Malian "terrorist" cells.

"They are young, often dual nationals or who have links with sub-Saharan Africa," he said. "They get in either through Niger or Algeria, but many are Malians who can go and visit their families and don't need visas."

France has been a vocal supporter of plans for an international operation to try to wrest back northern Mali from Islamist insurgents, who hold eight French hostages in the area.

In December, the U.N. Security Council authorised a French-drafted resolution to deploy an African-led force to retrain Mali's defeated army and support an anti-insurgent mission, although no ground operations are expected until later in 2013.

"All the ingredients exist so that there are repercussions on our soil," the judge said. "France is backing those that want to intervene militarily in Timbuktu. So we are the enemy and are identified as such."

France’s large Muslim population and its history of colonization in North Africa make the intervention in Mali particularly sensitive. With an intervention so much culturally and geographically closer to home than recent French operations in Afghanistan French authorities should be especially wary of the unintended consequences of an intervention in Mali. Trévidic believes that the French must begin to get used to terrorism:

"We will have to accept this reality without deluding ourselves. It means we have to accept that attacks will succeed and there will be deaths."

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  • LTC(ret) John||

    Talk about a heckler's veto...

  • Enough About Palin||

    "A French judge has said that the planned intervention in Mali, which is supported by the French government, could lead to terrorist attacks in France."

    That's just stupid, Frances. You can fight them in Mali or Paris, not both; take your pick.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Whatever, dude. I have it on good authority from Cytotoxic that blowback is make believe just like elves, gremlins, and eskimos.

    What's the French word for retard?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Retarder?

  • Robert||

    If you mean the verb. But you could easily use decelerer or ralentir.

    In the noun sense that's probably meant, cretin or idiot. Only the pronunciation differs from the English.

  • ||

    Tulpa?

  • Cytotoxic||

    +

  • sasob||

    Obama?

  • Cytotoxic||

    And France's long history of meddling in North Africa with little or no negative consequences is proof I am right.

    Somebody needs to do something about Mali. Can't have another Afghanistan on our hands.

  • Robert||

    I have trouble taking seriously a country that sounds like my aunt's name. And Judy Jarvis's dog's.

  • Calidissident||

    "And France's long history of meddling in North Africa with little or no negative consequences is proof I am right."

    What planet do you live on?

  • albo||

    DeGaulle and Louis are rotating in their graves. The idea that the views of a mob of uneducated young men with a Koran shoved up their butts could deter a great nation like France from doing what it feels necessary in a former colony is ridiculous.

  • Pro Libertate||

    [Starts singing La Marseillaise.]

  • Tim||

    Rick: Don't you sometimes wonder if it's worth all this? I mean what you're fighting for.
    Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we'll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I love that movie. Just watched it again on Amazon Prime.

  • Randian||

    What a kickass national anthem.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Especially when France is occupied by Germans.

  • Hugh Akston||

    O Canada is better.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Never heard Hendrix play "O Canada."

  • Randian||

    O Canada is better.

    Get out of here with that shit, hoser.

  • Pro Libertate||

    They should replace it with "Take Off."

  • ||

    That would be a beauty way to go.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yeah, hoser.

  • Zeb||

    The only crappier national anthem than O Canada is the Star Spangled Banner. Why would you chose a run-on sentence question as the national anthem?

  • Randian||

    The only thing it has going for it is that it used to be a drinking song.

    Other than that, I move for full adoption of La Marseillaise as our National Anthem. We can rename it "Freedom's National Anthem".

  • Pro Libertate||

    Provided that it's sung by Paul Henreid and a crying French slut.

  • Robert||

    That's only the 4th stanza. I don't remember, or maybe never knew, the story of how that became the most commonly sung one. The 5th & final stanza answers the Q posed by the 4th.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Retarder?

  • Tim||

    If trouble does rear it's ugly head, I'm sure that some helpful Gremans will be ready to move in and help out.

  • Tim||

    Gremans, Gremlins, Germans, Grermlarms, whatever.

  • ||

    Just don't feed them after midnight.

  • albo||

    Gremlins? Yeah, they're helful.

  • albo||

    helful

    *face palm*

  • Hugh Akston||

    Gendarmes?

  • ||

    unitended conesequences of an internvetion

    Is this some weird Britishim of which I am unaware, Feeney? Spell check, Aisle Feeney!

    How exactly does one "unitend" something? Is this like "manscaping"? And "conesequence"? I think this has something to do with frozen yoghurt. "Internvetion"? I think Jezehellions had something to say about that according to Saccharin Man...

  • Pro Libertate||

    "Unitend" refers to the act of masturbation, where one unilaterally tends to ones needs.

    "Conesequence" refers to the Cones of Silence.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Cone of Silence? Pro L - there is a Mr. Hasmir Fenring who like to speak to you, over there by those pillars. Some very large gentleman is with him.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Interesting, isn't it? The long unexplored connection between Dune and Get Smart.

  • Hugh Akston||

    "Internvention" is the policy of deploying unpaid interns to keep the peace in worn-torn crisis zones.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, I missed that one. But you're right. Except for the less common meaning where an executive explores the orifices of an intern.

  • ||

    Holy Christ you're uninformed, Hugh. "Internvention" is the act of interfering with the hiring practices of your interns to make sure all the interns are hot. So that you can then bang them.

    Jesus, get a clue.

  • Pro Libertate||

    There's also the meaning that fell out of use several decades ago, of interning people for reasons that you made up. Interning + invention = internvention.

  • ||

    Also, Britishim.

    joe'z Law looms large (where has he been lately?)

  • sasob||

    France’s large Muslim population and its history of colonization in North Africa make the intervention in Mali particularly sensitive

    You mean importing cheap peon labor to do the shitwork has consequences that aren't always desirable? Tsk,tsk. I guess the US better hope it never has to "intervene" in Mexico, huh?

  • Tim||

    "I guess the US better hope it never has to "intervene" in Mexico, huh?"

    Like by selling guns to drug lords?

  • LTC(ret) John||

    I'd completely understand if Mexico sent a few crates of guns to the Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings as payback. They could claim a "botched investigation" or somesuch.

  • sasob||

    Where would Mexico get them - from the Obama administration? :-)

  • albo||

    I guess the US better hope it never has to "intervene" in Mexico, huh?

    Why would we invade? We already took a big chunk of their nation years, and we stole their cuisine.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    And they will get their cuisine back when they pry it out of my cold, greasy, cilantro speckled, dead hands!

  • GILMORE||

    is the idea they need to prepare their surrender in advance?

    har har

  • GILMORE||

    i meant to be replyin' at this

    "we have to accept that attacks will succeed and there will be deaths."

    ..."therefore we must be fully prepared to accept our Malisian overlords and join them in their campaign of persecution against defenseless minorities..."

  • waaminn||

    Dude sounds a bit full of himself to me man!

    www.AnonMix.tk

  • Robert||

    Now that we've heard from the anti-terrorism judge, what does the pro-terrorism judge have to say?

  • ||

    what does the pro-terrorism judge have to say?

    "The Rainbow Warrior didn't stand a chance"

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