PARIS â€” Paris police on Tuesday banned a controversial “pork sausage and wine” street party planned by extremist groups to combat what they saw as the “Islamisation” of a city neighbourhood. AFP
A French government minister of Algerian descent, Fadela Amara, on Tuesday condemned the planned party as “hateful, racist and xenophobic.”
Of course, it was to be held in a “heavily Muslim neighborhood” — a provocation, to be sure. And yet I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if a Muslim group in France had announced that it was going to do something in a non-Muslim area that many non-Muslims found offensive. (That would not be the same thing as holding the halal event in the same area, as described in the article below.) I expect that the same police who banned this party would be protecting the Muslims physically and lecturing the non-Muslims about “tolerance.”
Tundra Tabloids Archive: Â FRENCH CITIZENS CALL ON SARKOZY TO STOP ILLEGAL MUSLIM PRAYERS IN CITY STREETS OF PARIS…….
Update: See alsoÂ Reuters, which reports that after the ban was announced supporters of the event wrote on theÂ Facebook pagethat they would still gather in Goutte d’Or on Friday. “It’s official â€“ Muslims can pray in the street but we don’t have the right to eat pork there. France is now ruled by sharia,” one supporter wrote. The Reuters report adds: “The Paris event page also carried announcements of similar ‘sausage and wine’ parties in Lyon, Toulouse, Brussels and London, where the event is called a ‘bacon and beer‘ party.”
Tim Blair sums it up:
Four years ago, then-UN chief Kofi Annan offered thisÂ view of events:
The offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were first published in a European country which has recently acquired a significant Muslim population, and is not yet sure how to adjust to it.
AnÂ adjustment is now underway:
A giant “sausage and wine” party planned later this week in a Paris neighbourhood with many Muslim residents risks sparking disturbancesÂ and will therefore be banned, police in the French capital announced on Tuesday.
Of all French traditions, I’d expected their fondness for food and wine to hold out a little longer. Not so.
The event, announced on the social networking site Facebook late last month, had drawn growing criticism from politicians and civic groups in recent days as its page containing barely disguised anti-Muslim slogans attracted over 7,000 members.
The event, called an “apero geant” (giant cocktail party), was due on Friday, a date seen as highly provocative because that will be the day of the weekly Muslim prayer and the World Cup soccer match between England and majority Muslim Algeria.
No parties on prayer days or days when Algeria plays a soccer game. This is less an adjustment than a surrender.
It is also the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1940 “Appeal of June 18” from London calling on the French to resist the German occupation of their country.
One or two lines come to mind at this point.
“This open-air event creates serious risks of disturbances to public order,” the police said in a statement, noting the symbolism of the time and place chosen for the flash mob-style party. It also said counter-demonstrations were planned.
How does one “counter” a cocktail party?
The main organiser, Sylvie Francois, wrote that she wanted the event to be “a joyous protest” against the closing down of roads in the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood every Friday by Muslims praying in the street outside the overcrowded mosque there.
The Facebook page also appeared to signal the party’s thrust with appeals to “native Parisians” and complaints about “the resolute foes of our local wines and pork products.”
Who now include French police.
In a statement before the ban was announced, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said the party was “clearly inspired by extreme right-wing movements” and seemed to be “designed to degenerate, possibly into violence.”
There are no words.