“France Is at War”: Hollande Unleashes 2nd Day Of ISIS Strikes, Mobilizes 115,000, Moves to Change Constitution

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Editor’s Note: If this situation comes to America (you know, via convenient false flag, etc.), how long do you think it would be before martial law is declared, door-to-door crackdowns involve legal gun confiscation, and Obama tries to change the Constitution for even more sweeping powers?

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France, still reeling from the carnage that unfolded in the streets of Paris last Friday, conducted dozens upon dozens of police raids on Tuesday, after more than 160 similar operations carried out on Monday led to the discovery of numerous weapons including a rocket launcher, Kalashnikov, and a bulletproof vest.

French authorities are still largely in the dark regarding how many people were ultimately involved in the attack and with suspected “mastermind” Abdelhamid Abaaoud out of reach in Syria, police are focused on locating Salah Abdeslam who allegedly helped with logistics and rented a black Volkswagen Polo used by the gunmen who stormed the Bataclan concert hall.

Of course really, the raids are a frantic attempt to track down and neutralize anything and everything before something else bad happens. As Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on France Inter radio, “we don’t know if there are accomplices in Belgium and in France… we still don’t know the number of people involved in the attacks.”

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says more than 100 people have been placed under house arrest and dozens have been arrested in the sweeping crackdown. “Under a state of emergency – which has been in place since the attacks on Friday – security services, police have extra powers and freedom to make arrests, search houses and confiscate weapons without judicial oversight,” The Sydney Morning Herald notes.

President Hollande told a joint session of the French parliament on Monday that “France is at war” and that he wants the state of emergency extended by three months. Hollande also proposed constitutional changes. As The Herald put it on Tuesday, Hollande wants “to create a new version of ‘exceptional measures’, giving the government some emergency powers available under martial law.” Here’s Le Monde (translated), noting that Hollande’s proposals mirror George Bush’s Patriot Act:

But that wants Francois Hollande, is “to provide an appropriate tool for founding taking exceptional measures, for a certain period without going through the state of siege nor deny civil liberties”. Clearly, this would be a somewhat state of emergency “light” in terms of the powers granted to the State, but may last longer. A proposal which is not without recalling the “Patriot Act” that the Bush administration had vote after September 11, 2001.

Here’s the bullet point summary from BBC:

  • Extension of state of emergency by three months
  • Changes to the constitution to allow the government to revoke citizenship of any convicted terrorists of dual nationality. Currently only those born outside France and naturalised can lose their citizenship
  • Measures to speed up expulsion of foreign nationals considered a threat to public order
  • Budget increases and extra recruitment to security forces and judiciary

If some of that sounds like it could be a slippery slope to you, you’re probably correct. “Those returning from Syria could be placed under house arrest,” AFP reported, citing a government source.

Cazeneuve also said 115,000 security personnel have been mobilized in order to “ensure Frances security.” The police officers, gendarmes and soldiers are being deployed across France. Hollande also evoked a never before used clause in the Treaty on EU which compels member nations to provide France with “aid and assistance by all means in their power”

Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will be deployed to the eastern Mediterranean while French fighter jets pounded Raqqa for the second day in a row. Residents of the city (or “captives” as they might more appropriately be called given the fact that between ISIS and airstrikes they live in a perpetual state of paralysis), describe the last two nights as “insane.” One activist who spoke to al-Jazeera described two “insane” nights and interestingly, also said that the French aren’t really bombing anything and the only real damage is being done by the Russians:

However, a media activist in Raqqa, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that French air strikes had targeted abandoned ISIL bases in the suburbs of the city where there are no civilians or ISIL fighters.

“It has been two insane nights. Abandoned ISIL posts were targeted at the entrance of the city, along with ISIL checkpoints and several other points. Electricity and water have been cut off as supply lines were hit too.

“We can confirm that there were no civilians killed or injured in the latest French air strikes.

The Syrian activist in Raqqa said that in the past few days Russian air strikes had caused the most destruction.

“Last week, Russian air strikes destroyed one of the main bridges in the city in addition to the national hospital. Most hospitals in the city have been destroyed in Raqqa,” he said.

“Russian air strikes have resulted in so much destruction. If these countries wanted to bomb the heartland of ISIL, they could have done so. But they still have not targeted the group’s most important bases.

“This is what we do not understand. The targets bombed by French warplanes were mostly abandoned by ISIL fighters.

“Raqqa is devastated. Raqqa has endured the unbearable and we live in fear under ISIL’s dictatorship.

“A lot of people fled the the city. In fact, most refugees heading to Europe are from Raqqa.

A couple of things stand out here. First, note that according to the source cited above, the French (using US “intelligence”) are hitting targets where there are no fighters. The Russians, on the other hand, are hitting anything and everything which could hint at what many have alluded to all along – namely that the US is either i) intentionally avoiding ISIS, ii) scared of collateral damage, or iii) some combination of both and that’s now finding its way into French strikes via the provision of intelligence from Washington to Paris. Second, the Russians are the ones doing the real damage to ISIS although there is of course the allegation that they are targeting hospitals because these days, everyone has to accuse everyone else of bombing hospitals.

Finally, note that now, the French are doing exactly what they and other Western powers accused Russia of doing last month at Aleppo: exacerbating the migrant crisis by wreaking havoc on populated areas.

But we suppose they had no choice…

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  • Thunderstorm98

    President Hollande is the French version of George W Bush and Obama.

  • Rick E.

    So France is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and knee jerk reactions galore. Apparently they’re “doing something”, but really nothing meaningfully being accomplished!
    They already know what happened, who caused it, why it happened, and are doing this in order to placate the USA warmongers so as to justify a crazed invasion of Syria in order to depose Assad,

    And THAT is the bottom line in all of this! There’s all of that oil in Golan Hts to steal, pipelines to build, freedoms to eradicate, and one more middle eastern country to destroy completely.

    • spartacus

      without evidence moron you sound like a moron .

      • Rick E.

        And you sound like a derisive cretin! The evidence is in everything France is doing in response to this incident, are u fucking mentally deficient or just deliberately oblivious to the facts? They should have learned from the USA’s response to 911 that blind and unthinking military responses achieve nothing meaningful, you stupid ignorant fool!

  • StevetheHun

    The whole purpose of the attack was for Hollande to seize more power.

    • WinstonSmithy

      Also, economically, France is basically Greece. Broke and getter more so by the minute. By declaring war, all EU budgetary rules, restraints go out the window.

  • Sovereign_Citizen

    I think the American government if it declares Martial Law will last approximately 10 minutes after the average American gets their gun and kills every politicians for overthrowing the American Government.

    If you think the muzzies are bad, wait till you see fully trained American Veterans and Active Military on the warpath.

    • NonYo Business

      Hope you’re right, but its doubtful. Police kill America’s innocent with 0 reaction other than some angry words.

      • Sovereign_Citizen

        I think you will see a big difference in our reaction to Martial Law.

        • WinstonSmithy

          There may not be an official “announcement.”

          • Sovereign_Citizen

            You kid yourself otherwise. If there is one thing the Liberals love more than anything else it is trumpeting incredibly decisions.

          • WinstonSmithy

            So-called “conservatives” would do it just as quick. A whole lotta things are going on in secret these days. Because terrists or something like that. For someone with a disqus handle like yours you really don’t seem up on things.

          • Sovereign_Citizen

            Still…Wow…Conspiracy Much?:)

          • WinstonSmithy

            Is that the only word you know, “conspiracy”? It’s after 5 in Langley. Time to go home, chief…

    • bill lopez

      Americans are known for their talk, not so much their action aymore. Especially if the Walking Dead or Dancing With the Stars is on the idiot box that night.

      But you never know….

      • Sovereign_Citizen

        You cant judge a nation by what the Pop Culture losers are watching or doing on TV.

    • WinstonSmithy

      Dunno about that. Active military are mercs. They already kill on the orders of politicians solely for the benefit of banksters and MIC corps. Retired military, for the most part, live on pensions and bennies provided by the government. With very few exceptions, they’ll probably keep supporting whoever is keeping them watching sports on TV and guzzling beer and hot wings, just like they do now.

      • Sovereign_Citizen

        Wow…conspiracy much?:)

        • WinstonSmithy

          Not sure if your smiley face is a sarc tag. If not, if you think any of what I wrote is a “conspiracy”, you are really out of touch with the dictionary and reality.

  • bill lopez

    A national confiscation of firearms in the US will never happen. Never, never, ever. Local or isolated instances such as when they did it during Katrina are always a possibility, but on a large national scale it will never happen.

    1) there are far more of us than them. The government doesn’t have the man power to go door to door.
    2 ) the plain and simple fact is the government doesn’t know where all the guns are. Many states like AZ still don’t track personal firearms sales, so anyone who does own a firearm could simply say I sold it, and legally not have to have any proof of who they sold it to.
    3) there is no national registration of firearms.
    4) if the situation was “you are required to turn in your firearms” how many guys owners would do so? Maybe some would turn in a few of the beaters taking up space in the safe, but most would not comply or would claim “boating accident”.

    • Meltonmark

      I think you have forgotten: the US government has recently purchased all that Behavioural Change software from Britain. Westminster has been using these Neuro-techniques on the British for several years now. Your government will henceforth subject you to several rounds of intense NLP and similar propaganda, for your good of course. Eventually, the American public will be screaming for private weapons to be confisctated.

      • doodaa

        I doubt it.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Here we go-you can bet Obama is anxiously watching this situation and wringing his hands in anticipation for the results in France, as it will set a precedent-in Obamas warped mind, anyway-for how such a situation could be handled here.

  • digriff

    Changes to the French Constitution? Maybe, but remember this:

    “Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the
    citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a
    double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the
    mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood
    boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in
    seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused
    with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto
    the leader and gladly so.

    Now I am not sure who said those words, but they are true and sound wisdom.

  • SovereignPatriot88

    Looks like France is following in the footsteps of America. Bombing empty buildings and blowing up nothing. If France has any hopes of doing any damage to ISIS then they should get their intelligence from anyone else but America. America has been bombing ISIS for over a year and they haven’t hit a single ISIS target. Meanwhile, Russia has done a lot of damage to ISIS in a few weeks. So France should either ask Russia for intelligence, or go and look for themselves. Otherwise, they will do nothing but waste bombs and time.
    And Obama should listen to the people, and not bring in another refugee. The people don’t want them here. We don’t need to deal with their problems and their agenda for turning America into a Muslim state. It’s not gonna happen. Not without a fight.
    Of course he’s gonna do whatever he wants regardless of what we want. And whatever happens after that will be blamed on us. And I’m sure that you can guess what will happen once a bunch of America-hating Muslims start pouring into the country. I think that this will be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Which should have happened long ago, but apparently some people need that extra push, after the pushing and pushing and pushing that’s already happened.