Already today hundreds of territories are beyond the control of the Republic. The violence of recent days has proved it.
According to the DGSI, the French internal secret service, there are 150 enclaves. The former number two of the DGSI, Alain Chouet, speaks of "1,514 neighborhoods where access to the security forces, emergency, medical and social services is prohibited. They are in 859 cities and 4 million people live there, 6 percent of the total population”. The police can only intervene in force and for limited periods of time. Will the army one day have to occupy the suburbs militarily to restore order?
It's already happening. On July 3, the Ouest-France newspaper published an interview with a soldier who, on condition of anonymity, confirmed his participation in operations against the violent, indicating the presence of about thirty colleagues who intend not to "let the country burn".
It was 2018 when the then Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, released this interview:
“What I read in the police notes every morning reflects a very pessimistic situation.”
What is the immigration responsibility?
What is he afraid of? Partition? Secession?
"Yes, I think about it, that's what worries me."
How long until it's too late?
“It is difficult to estimate, but I would say that, within five years, the situation could become irreversible”.
“Neighborhoods are definitely lost,” Le Point comments on this week's fires. “A counterculture and a counter-civilization thrive there. The police aren't the only ones missing. The very meaning that the State claims to give to citizens' lives is called into question. Drug trafficking allows parallel economies to structure a parallel society. And it is thus that France could, in less time than we imagine, sink into a new kind of feudalism and the weakness of the state would be such that it would take nothing to effect a secession".
Historian Pierre Vermeren describes last week's fires as the revival of a "mini Algerian civil war".
In France today 29.6 per cent of the population aged 0 to 4 is of non-European origin compared to 17.1 per cent aged 18 to 24 years, 18.8 percent from 40 to 44 years, 7.6 percent from 60-64 years and 3.1 percent over 80 years. This was revealed by Insee, the French Istat, which examines the last three generations. In practice, one in three Frenchmen of tomorrow will not be European. And considering that the fires were often started by fourth-generation immigrants, what to expect?
At the time of Emil Cioran these numbers were not yet the facts, but it didn't stop the philosopher of Romanian origin from writing in 1987: "It is certain that in fifty years French society will have a completely different, even unimaginable appearance... I believe in example that Notre Dame will be a mosque. It is inevitable, with the wear and tear of Christianity. Do you know what happened at the end of the Roman Empire…”.
The faithful of the Prophet are already imposing the obligatory veil, the expulsion of the Jews, married life regulated according to Koranic principles. The next governments will have to accept the veil at school and at work, halal meat in all canteens. Practicing Christians will retain their rights, but will have to be "discreet". Gradually, the tolling of bells from many areas will cease. 2,500 to 3,000 churches will disappear.
Jews will leave many cities, as has already happened to 90 percent of them throughout the Seine-Saint-Denis.
Let's take Sarcelles. The Sephardi Jewish community - Tunisians and Moroccans - built a first synagogue in 1964 on rue Paul Valéry, which became the epicenter of the Jewish quarter nicknamed "little Jerusalem". In the 1980s, the Assyro-Chaldean diaspora also chose Sarcelles as a refuge. Originally from Türkiye, they fled the anti-Christian massacres. The 8,000 Assyro-Chaldeans who arrived in waves created the largest Chaldean church in Europe, Saint-Thomas-Apôtre.
Today, writes L'Express, "the city of 60,000 inhabitants is divided into ethnic ghettos". Former (leftist) mayor Francois Pupponi recently said: "The Great Replacement exists: today's population is not the same as yesterday." Halal tends to impose its hegemony. "'I have to cross the city to buy a cutlet in the only butcher's shop that sells it,' grumbles this 50-year-old of Romanian origin. This Christian asked his son to remove the cross from his neck at school. 'The bearded men come to teach the boys in front of schools, trying to recruit tomorrow's soldiers". "Since 2014-2015 we have seen a decrease in numbers in Jewish schools," explains Sarah, 35, a Hebrew teacher at the Ozar Hatorah school".
During last week's violence, before sunset, Jonathan C. drew the curtains in his apartment in Sarcelles, so that no light was visible from outside. "I don't want my flat to be seen from the street and targeted," says Jonathan, a 40-year-old Jew. The road is in the hands of Islam.
And France has hundreds of Sarcelles. In one of the districts of the city of Nantes-la-Jolie, Val-Fourré, there are 80 percent Muslim inhabitants.
The reality has been recognized by all political leaders, even on the left. The penultimate premier Édouard Philippe said that "an insidious secession" was underway. The former interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said he feared "a conflagration".
There will not be, as in Submission by Michel Houellebecq, a wave of adherence to Islam, but more simply the religious minority will impose its rules by becoming the majority. As the imam of Nîmes, Hocine Drouiche said, already today "certain French politicians want to formalize the victory of political Islam". “Islamism is perfectly rooted in French society, it has its institutions and its relays, its objectives are fixed,” Boualem Sansal adds to Le Figaro this week.
Emmanuel Macron's victory did not make the problems that sunk the Socialist Party in 2017 disappear. They had simply been pushed aside. A territorial and political separation, de jure, would be impossible. Islam will then end up imposing a de facto separation and applying sharia in its everyday life, regulating marriage laws (which will legalize polygamy) and inheritance. They will no longer turn to French judges for disputes between Muslims, but to cadis. This system, already partly in force in England, would also involve schools and hospitals reserved for the Islamic faithful and therefore the creation of committees to manage them autonomously.
The veiled journalists will appear on the evening news. And fewer and fewer journalists will criticize Islam. Already today in France there are 120 personalities under guard for doing so.
The risk is that the latent civil war will turn into an open war of civilizations. And what better revolution than Islam to overthrow a society?
A Muslim prayer room opens every week in France, at the rate of 50 a year. The Ministry of the Interior estimated 150 in 1976, 900 in 1985, 1,555 in 2001 and so on in an infinite progression, up to 3,000 today. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, has called for the number of mosques in the country to double - to 4,000 - to meet demand. “Almost every two weeks a mosque is born in France and a church disappears,” he just said Edouard de Lamaze, president of the Observatoire du patrimoine religieux in Paris. “It is no longer just about reaching the 10,000 mosque milestone, which, at the current rate, will be reached around 2100; the public visibility of Islam must be evident, it must dominate” reads an investigation.
Secession is already taking place in the cities.
In the northern districts of Marseilles, such as in Roubaix, women do not need to be repressed: they know they are not welcome. In Sevran, entire territories wrested from the republican forces. At the Blanc-Mesnil in Saint-Denis, the bar near the mosque has given up on organizing the music festival, deemed "impure" by the neighbours. In Montpellier, a bar behind the station receives a weekly visit from a Muslim who makes sure he "doesn't serve alcohol" to his "brothers". In Marseille, in the Porte d'Aix district, a pizzeria does not sell alcohol.
There are rare earthquakes that can change a territory. What we have just seen in the "lost territories" of France is one of them. Perhaps one day they will change the name of France to Faraz.
Giulio Meotti is an Italian journalist with Il Foglio and writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author, in English, of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter and of "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books, in addition to books in Italian. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Gatestone, Frontpage and Commentary.