France, the ‘useful idiotic infidel’

Since 1970, France experienced terrorists attacks that killed more than 400 and the injured over 1,700 of its inhabitants.

In recent memory, in the summer of 2015, the inhabitants witnessed a nauseating carnage of innocents in in Paris.

Shortly after that event, it was disclosed that sometime prior to the occurrence of his savagery, President Hollande had  forbidden  the French security apparatus  to even borrow from Israel and test a technological invention designed  to identify potential terrorists and, where security risks  warrant it, to  take them out of circulation,  pending further investigation.

At that time, people familiar with the invention suggested that had the security establishment been able to employ this new technology; there was a fair likelihood that some of the murders and injuries could have been prevented.

The government’s response to the tragedy was to impose an emergency law.

Since 2015, they have been four major terrorist attacks in 2016 and six of them by October 1, 2017. By my calculations, the summary statistics of these attacks are: a) civilians:  85 dead and over 330 wounded; b) police officers: 2 dead and 2 injured; c) soldiers: 6 attacked; d) 2 arrested on suspicion of intent to commit terrorist acts; e) terrorists:  4 killed, 1 injured.

On October 3, 2017, the French parliament passed a new anti-terrorism law.

I will spare the readers with the statistics for the period extending from October 2 to the present, save for the most recent incident which occurred this past March 23rd, which caused the death of a police officer and two civilians and the injuries of 16 civilians.

Throughout these events, the French security was not allowed to use the Israeli technology.

Considering enough to be enough about the use of Israeli technology, sometime during this past January the City of Nice which experienced the collective trauma of a terrorist attack that caused the death of  84 and the injuries of over 300 Bastille Day revellers, started to test extensively the usefulness of a new Israeli technological invention: the Reporty only to be stopped on its track by the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) which translates as the  ​National Commission on Informatics and Liberty. (NCIL)

The Commission established in 1978 is an independent French administrative regulatory body whose mission is to ensure that data privacy law is applied to the collection, storage, and use of personal data. Its existence was established is the national data protection authority for France.

Thus, on March 21, two days before the commission of the terrorist attacks of March 23, NCIL issued an order forbidding the City to carry on with its testing, as it seems to have done on a number of other similar occasions, on the grounds that such tests breach the protection of personal freedoms, right to privacy and personal data.

In the result, unlike  some other member states of the European Union, France is the one country that continues to refuse the test, let alone use of Israeli technology to combat terrorism.

Hence, France has become, if she had not already become so under the presidency of Hollande and from the onset of that of Macron, a “useful idiotic infidel”, a priceless gift to ISIS and other organisations of the same ilk.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, ask the Mayor of Nice.

About the Author
Doğan Akman immigrated to Canada with his family. In Canada, he taught university in sociology-criminology and social welfare policy and published articles in criminology journals After a stint as a Judge of the Provincial Court (criminal and family divisions) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, he joined the Federal Department of Justice as a Crown prosecutor, and then moved over to the to civil litigation branch . Since his retirement he has published articles in Sephardic Horizons and e-Sefarad and in an anthology edited by Rifat Bali titled "This is My New Homeland" published in Istanbul.
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