Earlier today, August 9th, French Police apprehended a man who they believe drove his car into army barracks in Levallois-Perret. He left six soldiers wounded which ensued a high speed car chase through the streets of Paris. It finally ended when police shot and injured the driver, on the motorway North of Paris. The BMW which the passenger was driving is visibly damaged from both bumping other objects as well as bullets fired by the police officers. In a statement, the French Prosecutor assigned to the case said that the attacks were “attempted killings… in relation to a terrorist undertaking”. Though the driver injured six, critically wounding three. none of the soldiers are believed to be in life threatening situations and are being treated at local hospitals.
This attack raises the question whether France is taking a more laid back approach to countering domestic terrorism given that there have been many terrorist attacks in the past few months. Due to the pattern in recent months that has been all too obvious to the international community raises the most important question of why are these attacks happening. I believe that the high number of muslims as well as inability of French security forces to monitor their citizens like the NSA due to high transparency and oversight might be the problem. As much as I hate to say it more oversight of the french community, especially internet use and the monitoring of high risk individuals might be the only option for France. It has done well to stop coordinated attacks in the past in Australia for example. Keep in mind sometimes people have to give up individual freedoms for the government to make sure that they are safe and well cared for.
* “Paris Attack: Man Held after Car Rams into Soldiers.” BBC News, BBC, 9 Aug. 2017, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40873801.
** Gee, Oliver. “Paris Attack: Man Shot in Hunt for BMW Driver Who Mowed down Six French Soldiers.” The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 9 Aug. 2017, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/09/french-soldiers-hit-vehicle-paris/.