Paris this time, right on the Champs-Élysées. And just in time for the first round of voting in the French presidential election. If this latest "incident" -- one cop killed, two injured -- doesn't push Marine Le Pen into first place, I don't know what will.
As first reports came in yesterday afternoon, the lamestream media and France's pinkish outgoing president were being careful, as usual, to avoid using the word "Islamic", in spite of an almost immediate claim of responsibility by ISIS. Once the identity of the perp -- killed by the police in the firefight -- was confirmed, apologists for Islamic terrorism were quick to point out that 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi was a French citizen. A veil [a niqab? Ed.] was drawn over M Cheurfi's ethnic origin, place of birth and religious beliefs.
Today, Inspector Clouseau confirmed that the Islamic terrorist -- for such was he -- was detained just last February for threatening police, but then freed for "lack of evidence". He was also convicted in 2003 of attempted homicide in the shootings of... wait for it... two police officers. Hmm. Maybe he wasn't an Islamist, just a cop-hater. Or both. Whatever he was, he isn't any longer. Police shot and killed M Cheurfi after he opened fire on a police van. Inside his car, the flics found some knives and a pump-action shotgun.
The terrorist attack brought to the fore the recurrent campaign theme of France's fight against Islamic extremism, one of the mainstays of the anti-immigration platform of Front National leader Marine Le Pen, who redoubled her appeal to the French to "vote for civilization". Speaking at her campaign headquarters, Mme Le Pen called for a firmer hand against Islamic extremism and promised get-tough measures if elected. Right now, she said, the outgoing Socialist government must re-establish border controls. In reply, the Socialist prime minister accused the FN leader of seeking to politicize the assault. Amazing.