A War Zone in the Banlieues: Video

A couple of weeks ago we posted Hermes’ translation of a Hungarian TV report on the “Sensitive Zones” (ZUS) of the suburbs of Paris, where police are forced use military-style armored vehicles to enter the culturally enriched no-go zones.

Below is the accompanying video from the same TV outfit in Hungary. Many thanks to Hermes for doing this translation as well, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:


01:38   200,000 (immigrants) arrive every year in France, and most of them settle in the
01:44   suburbs of Paris, near the airport. One or their destinations is
01:50   Sevran, a commune in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. People from 78 different countries
01:56   live here in this settlement of some one thousand inhabitants.
02:01   We met the mayor of this commune in a café in Paris. Stéphan Gatignon, left-wing politician.
02:09   “There were periods in which there was no day without a shooting in our commune.
02:14   I proposed for the first time in 2009 the army should be deployed. If French soldiers
02:20   are capable of keeping order in places like Mali, let them do the same here.
02:27   We also need peace keepers like those of the UN here.”
02:34   Would you imagine that just a few km away from the Eiffel Tower gang wars are taking place?
02:39   It is amazing that bullet-proof vests are still not compulsory for tourists.
02:45   Laurent Obertone says that the suburbs of Paris have turned into ghettos.
02:50   The French elite became outraged when Sarkozy referred to immigrants attacking police as mobs.
02:57   “What if we went to the suburbs?”
03:02   “I do not recommend this, not even we French dare go there anymore. But nobody talks
03:08   about this in public, of course. However, neither those who claim ‘long live
03:14   multiculturalism, Paris is wonderful!’ dare enter the suburbs.”
03:20   But before this, let’s look back at Strasbourg. Last week we ended here. The youngsters
03:26   from the suburbs spend their time riding quads. They don’t care if we film them.
03:31   “This is Baghdad! You are now in Baghdad!”
03:34   This is what they call among themselves this residential complex in Strasbourg.
03:40   They hate police, and while explaining this to us, a social worker — also an immigrant — appeared.
03:46   So you are filming here in order to reinforce clichés?
03:50   They want to show that here youngsters display aggression and smoke joints!?
03:54   “You can’t take that away!”
03:56   “Sure you want to show that young Arabs, immigrants and Kosovars
04:00   and others make troubles in the suburbs. Why do you allow this?”
04:03   Well many thanks, after this, they stopped being communicative.
04:06   “Delete that! You understand? Delete that so that we can see you do it!”
04:10   “OK.”
04:12   This was all we could film. The youngsters attacked us, wanted to snatch away our cameras,
04:18   jostled us, and wanted to run us over. They threatened us that we wouldn’t escape alive from Baghdad.
04:24   As we tried to escape while they were quarreling, they stopped us with a shower of stones.
04:30   In the end, the boss pardoned us, because he did not want problems
04:35   with the authorities for attacking reporters.
04:40   We were lucky, we succeeded in saving some footage as a souvenir.
04:48   Violence is an everyday issue in the districts inhabited by immigrants.
04:55   Laurent Obertone signed some hundred copies of his best-selling book in just a few
05:01   hours in Strasbourg. He says that territorial disputes are an everyday issue between the
05:07   French and the immigrants.
05:09   “The immigrants consider the district in where they live to be their own; they stop at
05:15   nothing if it is about chasing away those who they judge as not belonging to their group.
05:21   We are returning to the tribal life; the boss tries to take under his control as much territory as
05:27   he can from the country, while the French justice does not act as it should.
05:33   The sentences even encourage criminals.”
05:40   And now again in Paris. We step out of the tube near to the Sacré Coeur.
05:44   We would have no difficulties in buying drugs at the stop, they were offered to us.
05:49   They are sold at the entrance by the dealers. At first sight, all this seems a chaos,
05:55   but this is organized crime. Watchmen are deployed to the surveillance points.
06:01   It is lucrative. According to the police, a dealer earns here some 400-500 euros per day.
06:07   The reason: 1 Kg. of marijuana costs just a few hundred euros in Morocco.
06:13   Divided up, it costs at least 10 times more in Paris. In no stock exchange in the world can
06:19   one earn so much money so fast. The only remaining question is the risk of being nabbed.
06:24   According to Marine LePen, the risk is zero. Police don’t dare enter some districts anymore.
06:30   These are the so-called no-go zones.
06:35   “Unfortunately, the number of no-go zones has grown exponentially.
06:39   There the authorities are not able to maintain the laws of the (French) republic.
06:43   There are hundreds of districts of this kind in which mafias, drugs and weapons rule.
06:50   Those who do not realize that the crime map and the immigration map overlap,
06:55   they are simply blind. Nowadays the immigrant criminals cannot even be expelled.”
07:01   Here the camera is the enemy number one. There are many of them, however.
07:07   The police installed them. At the headquarters in Paris Capt. Mongendre shows us how the system works.
07:13   “This is the headquarters. If needed, the police operation can be directed here by the prefect or the
07:19   Interior Minister, or even by the President of the Republic, depending on the scale of the situation.
07:24   Apart from the images transmitted by the 1200 cameras installed by the police, here in this
07:29   headquarters we also see those from public transport and the railway service cameras.
07:34   This is a huge network — in this way we have almost 10,000 cameras to keep Paris
07:39   and its suburbs under surveillance.
07:41   An astonishing number of cameras. Any agent can freely choose what to keep a closer look at with
07:48   the help of the joystick. Some cameras have also been installed on the Arc du Triomphe.
07:55   “That’s Place de la Concorde over there, it is 2.5 km away”
08:01   “This is the most powerful zoom in France.”
08:04   Even the number plate can be read with the help of the cameras, and what’s more,
08:08   we can even take a look through the windows of the Montparnasse Tower.
08:12   The Interior Ministry decided to install this surveillance network together with the
08:16   reduction in police personnel. Now the police patrol just with cameras, for this is cheaper,
08:22   and allegedly more efficient. And more secure, of course. It is easier to observe dealers at work and
08:30   catch them with the help of cameras. That is why youngsters like ruining them.
08:35   They simply daub them with paint. Violent crimes are on the rise in the capital.
08:41   Here’s more shocking footage. The man pushes the waiting passenger to the rails of the metro.
08:49   “The surveillance system helps considerably in the work of the investigators.
08:54   As an example, the escape route of the armed jewelry robber can be tracked. Moreover,
08:58   the footage is archived for 30 days, so it is easy to find out who and when was at the crime scene”
09:07   The 10,000-camera system also allows police to easily track down the escape routes of criminals.
09:14   Here can one see a suspect fleeing with a motor vehicle.
09:17   We met him some hours later in the holding cell of the neighboring police station.
09:23   The police chief was our guide.
09:26   “Where do you think you are? You think you are at home?”
09:30   “Sit down and shut up!” — “I won’t shut up!”
09:34   Many offenders are youngsters. Among the listed belongings there is a Bulgarian passport.
09:40   This is uncommon, for they usually have no documents. They usually lie that they are younger
09:45   than thirteen; that is how they try to slow down the processing.
09:52   “French law stipulates that minors cannot be deported.
09:56   However, there are offences which are committed usually by gypsy children.
10:01   They appeared some years ago in the capital. They try to make you sign petitions with no
10:07   authorization for that, and meanwhile they rob you.”
10:12   Here you see similar footage from an earlier report. These young girls also tried to rob us;
10:19   we met them many times. Here you can see how they operate. This was filmed by the police.
10:29   “There are many pickpockets in the old city in Paris; their main booty consists of mobile phones and
10:35   wallets. Of course, there are some who do not hold back at turning aggressive, they knock down
10:42   the victim and take away even the bag itself. Unfortunately, knife attacks have recently become
10:50   frequent. There are also some crooks who would like to change their mobiles, and therefore they
10:57   falsely claim that somebody stole it from them. But the video recordings quickly show the truth.”
11:07   But where are firefighters rushing now? Setting trash containers and cars on fire is a national sport
11:13   in the suburbs. Nice little trick. They decoy the police, and then they insidiously attack them.
11:23   Our team goes now on patrol, but not to the suburbs, of course.
11:27   “Let’s go!“
11:29   The guys tell us that here the biggest problem is when Muslims block the streets while praying.
11:34   “We heard about a quarrel in the neighborhood next to ours. We are going there now.”
11:43   In the end, there was no need for reinforcements. By the way, police in France think now twice about
11:49   whether to pursue them or not. They know well that if the suspect suffers an accident and dies,
11:56   that will invariably lead to riots.
11:59   “What about the so-called no-go zones?”
12:02   “Having worked in the suburbs of Paris, among them also in St. Denis, I can tell you that there are
12:08   no such zones. Well yes, there are situations in which police action does not take place immediately,
12:16   instead we concentrate on the most severe cases, and I do not deny that we need time to prepare,
12:22   and the proper equipment. If needed, we enter even the most dangerous zones, yet not with
12:27   everyday police cars, but with full weaponry. We must plan carefully how to withdraw before we
12:33   enter (those zones). Neither do I deny that the police pay a huge price for this.
12:40   Many of my colleagues were wounded during those operations, but this does not scare us.”
12:45   There are a great number of recidivists in France. Laurent Obertone enviously mentions the positive
12:50   examples of USA, and also of Hungary, where a “three strikes” law is in place. Truth be told,
12:55   France does not have enough prisons, however.
12:59   “The French are too tolerant, this is already pathological. From the sixties on we have been trying
13:06   with alternative solutions instead of prisons, but all of them failed, and nobody acknowledges it.
13:11   Meanwhile, they build prisons in the USA, but we don’t. This is also a communication problem, of course:
13:17   how would it sound if the government builds prisons in spite of “improving” (criminal) statistics?”
13:29   Criminal statistics are “promising” indeed: last year 4500 dealers were nabbed in Paris alone.
13:35   7 tons of marijuana and 200 kg of cocaine were seized. The left-wing mayor of Sevran wrings
13:40   his hands, however. He says the market did not notice this.
13:44   Gang wars are an everyday issue in Marseille, Lyon, and the suburbs of Paris.
13:49   The number of innocent victims is on the rise.
13:52   “Weapons which were used in the Balkan wars have now appeared here.
13:59   There were also cases in which bullets went astray and hit the walls of a classroom.”
14:06   “In the school?” “Yes, the bullets went astray, in a primary school classroom, during a lesson.”
14:13   “In broad daylight?” “Yes, in broad daylight.”
14:19   France spends an average of 115 billion euros per year in order to secure public order.
14:25   This is twice the budget of Hungary.
14:29   “It is truly risky to write a book on public security in the suburbs.
14:33   Nobody talks about it in the media, they think that there are no problems.
14:38   But if I dare to say that in fact there are, then I am deemed a racist,
14:42   and I may easily be called even ‘Nazi’”
14:45   Does this method sound familiar? Just because someone says that two thirds of crimes
14:51   are committed by immigrants.

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12 thoughts on “A War Zone in the Banlieues: Video

  1. Hermes does such good work. We wouldn’t have access to Eastern European information without him. This report, a Hungarian point of view regarding France’s no-go zones, is important because it fills in the spaces of [my] US-centric world view.It also doesn’t pretend to a bored, above-it-all style of ‘reportage’ sthat seems to be a requirement for our American jornolists-school po-mo irony.

    I hope some French readers are willing to comment on what the Hungarians filmed…

    Amazing to think that 10 thousand cameras are being used in an attempt to mobilize personnel to the hotspots…since those ‘spots’ have essentially moved beyond French laws, they are sovereignties unto themselves. I wonder if the political class is willing to just let any number of these places to be lost to France.

    I feel that way about large swathes of south Chicago, where criminals are carrying illegal guns quite openly in this city famous for its strict “gun control”. Detroit? Once the wonder of 20th century industry when parts of Japan lay in ruins. Yet now Japan flourishes while Detroit has been hollowed out by unions, politicians, and the burgeoning underclass – all of whom give NOTHING back.

    Just as the unions here have no interest in preserving a civil society, so it is in France for the immigrant class. In the latter, at least they are honest about their ends.

  2. Well I live in France, and the public in the main are ignorant of the scale of the issue, as the authorities play it down. As I know Islam and how it destroys the host society I watch the signs carefully, a year ago some cultural enricher robbed a frozen food store near Marseille with an AK 47, from my prespective, that someone felt able to steal food with an assault weapon said its close to end game for France.

    We have on one hand the Interior Minister declare tougher sentences for people who attack police and on the other the Justice minister is letting them all out with bracelets on. Its a farce, but funny enough even though President Holland is a left wing idiot, I get the impression that he does have a negative attitude towards Islam, look at todays speach where he defends himself against Sarkozy for the intervention in Mali, pity he has not yet worked out that those issues exist in France!!!

  3. Americans debate about the right to own “assault weapons”. Gun rights campaigners argue that real assault weapons are already out of reach to civilians, since they cannot buy automatic guns, only semi-automatics.

    In France, it is the police which are barred from accessing automatic-fire guns. A short while ago, a batch of powerful, AR-15 type weapons was purchased by the state, in order to help the police cope with the new generation of gangsters, who think nothing of bringing an AK-47 to a hairdresser’s hold-up.

    Those new police guns can normally switch from semi-automatic to full automatic. However, they were modified, in order to disable the automatic mode.

    This was done to protect policemen from prosecution, in case they have to shoot a criminal dead. When this happens, the officer usually has to defend himself in court, and prove that he fired in legitimate defence.

    But as soon as more than one shot was fired, the judges get very reluctant to rule that it was in legitimate defence. The more shots an officer fires in defence of his life or of other people’s, the more difficult for him it gets to escape prosecution for murder.

    Compare this with the standard training for American law-enforcement officers, who are routinely instructed that a single bullet is never enough to make sure that an armed criminal is stopped.

    Therefore, we have this absurd situation, where the French police bosses deliberately neuter their officers and knowledgely allow them to be under-gunned by criminals (who routinely have access to fully-automatic, military weapons), in order to protect their men from the French judiciary, and keep them out of jail.

    Oh, and by the way, you won’t find this interesting factoid mentioned anywhere in the media.

    I know it, because I stumbled across the video of a conference given by a lawyer, who specializes in the defence of policemen who had to shoot criminals. He mentioned it while explaining how restrictive the French courts were in recognizing legitimate defence — and that’s for police officers, never mind ordinary citizens.

    The obvious conclusion is that the leftist French judges are more of a menace to police officers than the criminals themselves.

  4. I thought that female police chief in the video, Muriel Sobry, looked just a tad too exotic. Sure enough, Googling the name “Sobry” one finds a multitude of Muslims with that name:

    Mohammed Sobry

    Maksud Nama Hassan Sobry

    Syeb Sobry

    Che Sobry bin Abdullah

    Achmad Sobry Lubis — “the secretary general of a virulently anti-American jihadist group in Indonesia, the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI)”

    Sobry Agastha (his “likes” on his Facebook account include “Muhammad”)

    Azrul Affandi Sobry

    Muhammad Sobry Yaq’ub


    In a story on Police Chief Muriel Sobry, I noticed she talked about all the challenges of various criminality on her job — with the conspicuous absence of any mention of Muslims or even North African immigrants.

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  6. NAPOLEON Etl’ISLAM [1914]
    By Christian Cherfills

    From a Secular & Judeo-Christian perspective their aversion to Islam is similar to their antipathy towards Napoleon and his anti-usury policies: On seeing the extent of French Indebtedness he declared “The deadly facts herein reveal, that it is amazing that this monster INTEREST has not devoured all humanity – It would have done so long ago had not BANKRUPTCY and REVOLUTION acted as counter poisons”; which explains his conversion to Islam along with that of General (Abdullah) Jaques Menou. Following which, the caricaturist, James Gillray, in London, depicts Napoleon wearing a turban with the caption reading: “Democratic Religion – Napoleon turning Turk.”

    As the prevailing accounts of history were authored by the victors of past disputes, it is often difficult, in some cases impossible, to discover where those conflicts (together with the ones of today), found their origins. Prompting Bonaparte, to remark that: “History is constructed from lies which are no longer contested [that] the police invent more than they discover; lies and inventions which continue to haunt us today. Napoleon’s conversion to Islam in 1798, followed his discoveries of how scriptures along with political accounts had been similarly falsified.

    Myths created by Britain’s black propaganda agency were comprehensively demolished by Jess McAJee, in the April 1996 edition of ‘Focus’ The Magazine of Discovery. Myth number one being that Napoleon was a foul despot who cared nothing for his people: “It is tempting to conclude” he says, “that seeing as Boney spent millions on the war effort, he did little for ordinary Frenchmen. One of the acts of his rule was to draw up a revolutionary constitution: three elected assemblies to vote in new laws, an independent court of appeal, and three consuls to be elected every three years. The constitution was even put to a national referendum – and approved by an astonishing majority of 3,011,007 votes to 1,562. Another lasting Napoleonic legacy is the Code Civil – also known as the Code Napoleon – still predominantly the law of France, Belgium and Luxembourg. The fundamentals it grants are equality under the law, the ending of feudal rights, the inviolability of property, the freedom of conscience, and the right to divorce. Napoleon inserted a clause obliging parents to feed children if required – even when they were adult. He was only just dissuaded from giving grandparents the right to protect grand children from parental abuse”. For Muslims this will come as no surprise when they realise that 96% of the Code-Civil i.e. The Code Napoleon is drawn entirely from Islamic jurisprudence based on the Fiqh/ rulings of Imam Malik. McAree states. “Nelson may have died a hero’s death at Trafalgar, but his victory set back European freedom a century, both he and Wellington were on the wrong side. By beating Napoleon, they denied the world the prosperity and political freedom it could have enjoyed under his rule.”

    • What are you on Pidcock ? You are spouting [material which I find absurd and incredible].

  7. We in Germany have the same problems – but German administration PROTECTS the Muslims – all crimes are censored and they even get away with murder : 7.500 people were killed by them since 1990 .

    You may not say a name in the press ( though everybody knows : no name = Muslim ! )

    And if you DEFEND yourself against them YOU get charged .

    and all this for Germany’s past !

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