France has withstood its share of turbulence in recent years.
From the Charlie Hebdo massacre (Jan. 7, 2015) resulting in cries of "press freedom" to the heartwrenching Nov.13, 2015 Bataclan slaughter, during which gunmen executed another mass-shooting, taking hostages at a concert in the Bataclan theater, to our recent Yellow Vests movement.
Paris and France have lived through a great deal, and that was well before before surviving the cornavirus pandemic.
When it comes to mass-rioting and looting, those of us in Paris know what that's about; we sympathize greatly with the communities both who feel compelled to protest and those who are living in cities where protesters cause upheaval.
The first thing we instantly recognize is the difference between legitimate protesters, peaceful demonstrations and civic activists, versus the destroyers and looters, or, what the French call Casseurs.
During our long months of enduring the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protests of November, 2018 here in Paris (and the rest of France) we came to know how these peaceful protesters became thoroughly infiltrated by another element, a segment bent on destroying communities, perpetrating violence against citizens, and looting/destroying businesses.
It's justified to question, who is financing this element of Casseurs?
Who pays them to pass out stashes of bricks like what is done in the U.S. now?
Who spawns this evil?
Peacefully protesting and demonstrating your civic duty of voicing one's hurt against injustice is the American way. But looting and pillaging has nothing to do with the former.
In recent years, we've seen it here in France. It rose to such levels that French President Emmanuel Macron had to seal off, by military patrol, the entire area around the Elysée (the French White House) for fear of attack.
Today, we are witnessing something similar in Washington, D.C., as well as in other American cities run by liberal Democrats.
Whether it's happening in Paris, France, or Minneapolis, Minnesota and whether the cited cause is higher taxes levied against the already overtaxed and working poor or excessive violence against a particular community of color, one thing remains, Casseurs seize upon opportunities to infiltrate and gaslight already charged scenarios.
We must find out who is at the root of organizing looters and "domestic terrorists" because they in reality have no respect for life, liberty — and the pursuit of happiness.
On June 1, President Trump said in a statement:
"My Administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob. . . .Innocent people of have been savagely beaten, like the young man in Dallas, Texas, who was left dying on the street.
"Or the woman in upstate New York, viciously attacked by dangerous thugs. Small business owners have seen their dreams utterly destroyed.
"New York’s Finest have been hit in the face with bricks. Brave nurses, who have battled the virus, are afraid to leave their homes. A police precinct station has been overrun. Here in the nation’s capital, the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial have been vandalized. One of our most historic churches was set ablaze.
"A federal officer in California, an African-American enforcement hero, was shot and killed. These are not acts of peaceful protest.
"These are acts of domestic terror."
President Trump also announced decisive action to protect Washington, D.C., America's cherished national monuments: "As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property."
President Trump's comments are livestreamed on WhiteHouse.gov and searchable on social media.
As an update: In related events, here in Paris yesterday an estimated group of about 20,000 people gathered under the Péripherique or ring road in northern Paris to protest the death of a black man.
The man was Adama Traore and he died in police custody in 2016.
Protesters' vexation is high because they claim that calls for an investigation have only been met with a police cover-up.
None of the police officers involved have been charged to date.
Lisa Louis, a reporter for Deutsche Welle (DW) indicated yesterday that, "Parliament is even discussing a new law that would prohibit people from disseminating images of police officers," adding, "Many people fear that would remove their protection against police violence."
The protesters who gathered in central Paris' main courthouse, Palais de Justice, were quickly quelled by police. The police explained that large gatherings are still forbidden due to Coronavirus lockdown measures and only a gradual easing of those restrictions. The Palais de Justice is just a stone's throw from Notre Dame Cathedral and across the street from the Prefecture de Police where the knifings occurred several months ago. See also this account from France 24.
Additionally, this past Friday, French medical experts exonerated the three police officers (see the France 24 report), saying that Adama Traoré did not die of "positional suffocation," ruling out the officers pinning him to the ground as the cause of his death.
Instead, the experts found Adama Traoré died of heart failure possibly brought on by underlying health conditions in a context of "intense stress" and physical exertion, as well as the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol — the active ingredient of cannabis — in his body."
The recent tumultuous events we have repeatedly witnessed, now mean, more than ever, we must listen to and hear — one another. Amid fires, violence and wreckage, that will be harder to do. Fellow citizens, and I don't mean the Casseurs, we must unite to defend the path forward to a shared community where there is truly justice for all.
Paige Donner has contributed to Newsmax since 2018. She's a media expert, commentator, novelist, and serial entrepreneur. She founded the company, Paris Food And Wine in 2013. In 2018, she founded IoTShipping, a supply chain logistics startup that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for precision traceability of shipped goods. Paige began her journalism career in Paris, France in 1990. Her first job out of university was with Time-Life's rue Fbg. St. Honore offices. Within the next two years, she took freelancing work as a copy editor for the International Herald Tribune, now re-branded the International New York Times, as well as writing assignments for Variety — the film and television trade magazine. Paige has also clerked for the Senate President of the Hawaii State Legislature. A filmmaker, she has written several television pilots as well as directed television commercials and film shorts. She also contributed to American Cinematographer, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Huffpost, and a film production trade magazine, Below The Line. As of 2010, Paige has again made Paris, France her home. She has also written for the International New York Times. Since 2013, she has been the sole regular local editor/photographer contributor based in Paris, France for USA Today. Read Paige Donner's Reports — More Here.<
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