The residents of the aptly named Sun City commandeer the main road for better uses, one day in 1963. Could sun-seeking Arizona seniors have provided the inspiration for Paris Plages? (photo: The Arizona Republic)
In November 2013, French terrorism expert Marc Trévidic, head examining magistrate in charge of France's anti-terrorism unit and author of numerous books about Islamists in France, spoke with Dominique Godrèche about the evolution of Islamist terrorism in France and the world, which he examines in his book Terrorists: The Seven Pillars of Unreason . The original interview was published in French. In light of the attacks on Paris this Friday, we republish excerpts from the Trévidic-Godrèche interview here in English.
Marc Trévidic, French terrorism expert, interview by Dominique Godreche
for Paris Writers News
Marc Trévidic is a French "juge d’instruction" or examining magistrate at the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris "Tribunal de Grande Instance". His book, "Terroristes, les 7 piliers de la déraison" (Terrorists: the seven pillars of unreason") describes the psychological profiles of Islamist terrorists. Blending essay, document, and novel, Trévidic draws a portrait of a disoriented youth, in search of a “righter ” ideology, drawn into a deadly system, and he decodes the mental processes underlying the terrorist’s path towards violence. After the publication of “Au Coeur de l’antiterrorisme” (In the Heart of Anti-terrorism) in 2010, Trévidic continues his description of “geo societal” complexities, and the consequences of the identity crisis, while analyzing the violence and the dangers of its propagation, in the Internet era.
The last time a French president declared "l'Etat d'urgence" it was because the banlieues were erupting in violence, with rioters burning public buildings and thousands of vehicles. That was in 2005, exactly ten years ago, under president Sarkozy.
The rioting had already gone on for nearly two weeks before the State of Emergency and curfew were declared. The specific intent at the time was to put a stop to the violence which was literally out of control.
Today we have a State of Emergency declared by President Hollande and signed by Prime Minister Valls, Interior Minister Cazeneuve, and Justice Minister Taubira. It's purpose? Someone should probably ask that question.
Paris bloggers, travel writers and authors, in the wake of the Paris Attacks, is it not time to revisit the tacit agreement not to say ALL we know about what's happening in France?
After the massacre at the Bataclan, the assault on restaurant goers and football fans, the beheading in the south, the executions of hostages at the Kosher grocery in Vincennes, the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris, the targeting and torturing to death of a Jewish telephone saleman, the extermination of little Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse, the killing of young solders and much more, isn't it time we shook off the shackles of self-imposed censorship and just told Paris lovers and visitors what we actually see, and know and feel?
How does it help our readers who dream of Paris to conceal from them problems we know about in France?
A while back there was a discussion about not wanting to ruin people's dreams of Paris by telling them too much.
After the grief, the devastation, the mourning, is it not time for a new honesty among Paris writers?
For the benefit of readers - and writers - alike?
(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images/JTA "People place flowers and candles on the pavement near the scene of the November 13, 2015 Bataclan Theater terrorist attack, on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. ")
Calvi's TV show, "C dans l'air" is probably the best discussion forum on French TV. Notice what is said about denial of reality (what's called "angélisme"). About recidivism (it is false that prison causes recividism: "prisons do not cause recidivism; recidivists eventually end up in prison"). About impunity (minors know that they risk nothing "je suis mineur, on ne peut rien contre moi"). About the billions wasted (according to the very official Cour de Comptes). About the drug trade. About the changing population. About increasing violence. And more...(in French). If you blog about France or teach students about France, this is a good video to watch and discuss.
Broadcast on October 28, 2015 - two weeks before the Paris Attacks, "Avoir 15 ans dans les banlieues" was watched on TV by 1.7 million people in France.
Mark Moogalian, author, songwriter, performer and Paris expat English teacher, is also a very brave man. He was shot and seriously wounded on the Thalys high speed train to Paris by suspected Islamic terrorist Ayoub-El Khazzani, who was armed with a Kalashnikov, a pistol, cutters and numerous rounds of ammunition. According to The Telegraph, Moogalian managed to wrestle the Kalashnikov away from El Khazzani who then shot him with his other gun, a pistol. As of this writing, he is still in the ICU of Lille, and seriously ill.
Moogalian, who came to Europe in the 1990s to create music, is originally from Richmond, Virginia.
In the 1990s a French student of Russian wrote a song in Russian. The words, while understandable were quirky and charmingly original. A French group recorded it (in Russian) and it sank into oblivion. Until a few months ago, when, under the direction of a Russian-American animation artist, animators around the world crowdsourced portions of the (absolutely magnificent) clip below.