The following report from Italy describes the sorry state of affairs in the French public transport company RATP, which has hired hard-core Islamic zealots as bus drivers in order to keep the peace on buses that ply the culturally enriched banlieues of Paris.
The Islamists on a Paris bus: driver throws off woman with short dress
Entire city quarters in the hands of the fundamentalists who molest women. And the public transport company hires the Islamists to protect the vehicles from rock-throwing
The skirt was too short and the driver of the bus forbade a girl to board. The disturbing episode did not dramatically occur in an obscure country where Sharia law is in effect, but in Paris, where the driving of public transport vehicles which traverse the suburbs of Paris has been entrusted to Islamists to win the favor of the multi-ethnic periphery and avoid the rock-throwing on the part of the worst troublemakers.
And so it happens that one of these fundamentalists refused to pick up the 29-year-old daughter of the Algerian poet Kamel Bencheikh. “Think about dressing properly,” he told her. And he closed the doors again.
The episode occurred last Tuesday and did not raise the alarm that it should have. Indeed, it has almost been shunted aside in the French press and by the government, whose Transport Minister, Elisabeth Borne, has long presided over the Paris public transport company (RATP), offered no words of comfort were for what Elise had to suffer. Only a few members of the Républicans protested, as reported on Facebook by Bencheikh. The daughter, together with a friend, was “at the Botzaris stop near the Buttes Chaumont park” in the 19th arrondissement. It was just past eleven o’clock in the evening . “When the bus arrived,” recounts the Algerian poet, “the driver stopped, looked at them, and left without opening the doors”. The girls did not give up and ran until they reached it a few meters later, when he had to stop because the traffic light had turned red. And, when they asked the driver why he hadn’t let them board, he frosted them: “Think about dressing as you should.”
The account by Elise doesn’t leave much doubt. “The driver, a Maghrebian with a long beard, is defined as an “Islamist”. The RATP is believed to have already identified him and is also believed to have already launched an internal investigation into whether he really didn’t allow the two women to board the bus because they were dressed in clothes considered inappropriate by Salafist Islam. “This individual, who drives a bus and is paid by my taxes, prevented my daughter, a holder of a Navigo pass [subscription pass for public transport in Paris], which was valid and therefore in order, from boarding, only because she was dressed in a skirt,” wrote Bencheikh in a Facebook post, which, however, was immediately censored and is no longer visible.
The episode from last Tuesday is not an isolated case. On the northeastern periphery of Paris, as reported by Corriere della Sera, intimidation is the order of the day. The more radicalized Islamists target women. Sometimes they assault them verbally, other times they also attack them physically. In a report published in 2017 by Le Parisien, the journalist Cecile Beaulieu reported that at Chapelle Pajol “groups of ten men alone, street vendors, drug dealers, migrants and traffickers dictate the laws on the streets, molesting women.” “Hundreds of square meters of asphalt abandoned solely to men, where women are no longer accepted,” she reported. Suburbs in the hands of men, mostly Arabs and Africans. They are different. And women are always the paying the price. “They are not allowed to enter coffee ships, bars or restaurants,” writes Beaulieu, “and they cannot be on the sidewalks, near the metro stop or on the squares.” The investigation, unfortunately, has fallen into a void and nobody has moved a finger in recent years to resolve the situation.
The emergency has roots that go back to the disorders of the 1990s. In these difficult quarters, the buses and the bus stops of RATP are always vandalized and hit with rocks. Because of this, in recent years the transport company has decided to enter into a pact with the “kings” of the suburbs, hiring into their own ranks people tied to the Islamist environment. This is the case with Samy Amimour, one of the jihadists who bloodied the Bataclan Theatre. From 2010 to 2012, before going to Syria to fight with the Islamic State, he was a driver for RATP. In the book Mohammed at the wheel — Sharia at the turn, as recalled by Libero, Ghislaine Dumesnit had accused French unions of allowing radicalized Muslims to infiltrate the transport agency, the bus depots were transformed into prayer halls, and drivers were always discriminated against by colleagues of the Islamic faith.