March 29, 2018
Macron's fight against the Islamic Hydra
It was a day of remembrance in Paris yesterday, of the latest victims of terrorism and violent anti-semitism. Arnaud Beltrame was a 44-year-old police officer who gave his life to save others in the terrorist attack last Friday. Mireille Knoll was an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor brutally killed in her Paris apartment the same day.
Emmanuel Macron remembered Beltrame as the spirit of French resistance, like Jeanne d'Arc, Jean Moulin, and General de Gaulle. Macron insisted that France would win the fight against terrorism because social cohesion of the country will prevail. And he named the enemy: the Islamic Hydra, the fanatics. Macron linked Beltrame and Knoll as two victims of an underground Islamism that progresses through social networks.
These are words and symbols. They hardly tell us what the policy actions will be. But they are a first step, writes Cécile Cornudet. Macron said these challenges will be overcome without showing weakness nor passion, but with lucidity and method. Prepare for the long haul. But as Rémi Godeau pointed out, social cohesion may just be one of those ideals that are aspired to but never achieved. The more imminent question will be how it will translate into a budget, either by reallocating resources or increasing funds.