The current description of the attacker (beard and a dishdasha) leave very little to the imagination as far as the motivations are concerned. Of course, the soldier was attacked from behind and the incident took place in the La Défense district which sees a large influx of immigrants during the week-ends.
The soldier, belonging to the 4 Chasseurs Regiment has been treated for superficial cuts.
French soldier stabbed in neck - police source
Source: Reuters - Sat, 25 May 2013 05:13 PM
PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - A French soldier patrolling a business area of western Paris was stabbed in the neck on Saturday by a man who quickly fled the scene and was still being sought, a police source said.
The soldier, patrolling as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan, was injured in the stabbing around 1800 p.m. but would survive, the source said.
French daily Le Parisien cited police sources as saying the suspected attacker was a bearded man of North African origin about 30 years old, and was wearing an Arab-style garment under his jacket. (Reporting by Nicolas Bertin; Writing by Nick Vinocur; Editing by Andrew Roche)
I bet the French plod don't mess about by paying more attention towards seeking out and arresting those speaking out against islam, whilst ignoring those who support the killings. Our authorities appear to be exercising a strange 'realpolitik' at the moment - or at least that's the impression I get from watching the BBC. It's almost as if some head shed has summed up the options...Go after the extremists and risk racial disharmony or...carry out a very overt clampdown on anyone speaking out against the killings who use racial overtones, label them as right-wing extremists and hopefully Johnny Jihad will lay off for a bit if he thinks we are on his side.
Edit: BBC currently asking questions why the intel services never griped the London pair before they committed the act. Can you imagine the hysterics from the BBC if they were nicked last month having not actually done anything yet?
Agreed. It will be interesting to see how their reaction unfolds.
For all the stick we give the French on this forum, I'm hoping they show us* how it should be done in this case.
*When I say "us", of course I am referring to our useless politicians, who live in the comfort of their second homes, miles away from any town or city where racial tensions are getting understandably heated, thinking everything is 'peachy' because their advisor has just told them the opinion polls have shown a 2% increase due to the somewhat predictable "We will not be defeated" speech.**
Enthusiastic use of live grenades when conducting raids on suspects houses would be a good start. Hanging the one guilty and his conspirators/accomplaces from lamposts in the centre of paris as a big 'dont **** with us' sign
And they'd be right, or are you happy to be blamed for incidents like the Warrington bomb, which were commited by "Christians". Idiots, and maniacs, exist. Giving everyone who shares a nominal, rather than actual, similarity to them, a hard time for it is a good way to create more idiots and maniacs, making your own life less, not more secure.