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Daily Mail-reporteren Andrew Malone tilbrakte en uke i den franske forstaden Saint Denis. Konklusjonen på hans lange og uhyre interessante artikkel er den mest nedslående: Malone forteller at han har tilbrakt mye av sitt voksne liv som reporter i afrikanske land. Han har nesten alltid blitt møtt med åpenhet og gjestfrihet i muslimske land.

Virkeligheten var en annen i Saint Denis:

Having had the good fortune to spend much of my working life reporting from around the world, and Africa in particular, I adore melting pots of different cultures, languages and races.

And I have almost always been treated with kindness and respect in Muslim countries.

Yet, frankly, the time I spent in Paris has convinced me of the difficulty of achieving genuine integration between these defiant, troubled inner-city Muslim communities and mainstream French society.

Indeed, the only person to shake my hand during my visit was the rabbi. Everyone else offered me their wrist, not wanting to touch hands with an infidel — someone unclean.

Dette er i hjertet av Europa. De franske kongene er begravet i katedralen i Saint Denis.

Malone treffer en rabbiner som forteller hvilken vei det går:

Rabbi Yisroel Belinow, 50, is either a fool or very brave. As I walked near a mosque, I saw him looking out of his window. His home was firebombed in 2009, and a kosher restaurant next door burned down.

He’s since watched other Jews flee the area, and his dying father begged him to leave before it was too late. He came down to speak to me, but declined my invitation to stroll around the streets.

‘My parents came here from Russia and Poland,’ he told me. ‘When I was a kid, there were the usual jokes between children; we made fun of each other, but there was always a limit. I could go anywhere I wanted whenever I wanted.’

‘The problem is people coming to France and wanting to change it. And it’s worse because they want to force people to change. I know I look different. The hatred is obvious — people spit when you walk past.

‘I respect this country because I was born here. I respect the laws of this country. I respect Christmas even though it has nothing to do with being a Jew.

‘Now they won’t let Christmas happen. France has existed for thousands of years. If I didn’t like those laws, I would move to another country.

‘It wasn’t always like this. In the beginning, [French people] wanted to help. The charity these people [recent migrants] were shown was tremendous. But you wake up and realise pretty soon that this works one way only. Many people have left.’

Fellesnevneren er anarki og kaos, med islam øverst. Fransk lov gjelder ikke her. Fransk politi kan kun bevege seg inn i området i bil med fire væpnede politi og de inntar en meget defensiv holdning.

Opptøyer i Saint Denis under «affaire Theo», da en mann fikk en røff behandling av politiet og det ble filmet. Videoer har samme virkning på befolkningen som amerikanske videoer fra Irak.

Vi hører om samme utvikling i Sverige. Men forholdene her er mye større: Offisielt er det 1,5 million innbyggere. I tillegg kommer minst 300.000 ulovlige. Til sammen nærmere 2 millioner som lever utenfor fransk lov og franske verdier.

The scale of the problem grows each day. An estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris every 24 hours — 550 a week.

Many head for Saint-Denis because of its closeness to transport links, including the railway lines heading towards the North coast, and Britain.

Migrant camps, set up in tents along the Seine in this area of Paris, were destroyed by the police in May, with the occupants who didn’t get away taken for processing in detention centres after a raid.

But there are still campers everywhere, as well as people sleeping on the streets.

There are an estimated 135 different nationalities in Saint-Denis, most extremely poor, including an estimated 600,000 Muslims from North African or sub-Saharan African backgrounds.

‘The challenge,’ says Paris senator Philippe Dallier, is ‘to prevent Saint-Denis becoming a huge ethnic ghetto of two million inhabitants within 20 years.’

Bon chance, monsieur — as they don’t say in this teeming quarter, where speaking Arabic is more useful than French.

Politikerne liker å skyve problemene frem i tid. Hvis man tar seg bryet med å besøke Saint Denis vil man fort se at fremtiden inntraff for lenge siden.

Having spent several days in Saint-Denis, it’s clear to me that the area is already lost to France — to the rule of French law, equality, religious freedom, and even access to the streets by the police themselves.

Indeed, this is a parallel state — a state within a state, with its own rules and religious courts — where allegiance to Islam comes ahead of fealty to France.

Stemningen minner om boken De helliges leir av Jean Raspail (Document forlag): Paris har en hel undergrunnsarme av fattige fra den tredje verden som bor nede i katakombene under byen. Når en aramada av fattige fra India ankommer, gjennomfører de en ny revolusjon, men den er ikke fransk og den er ikke for frihet, likhet og brorskap. Frykten for en slik revolte ligger under overfalten i dagens Frankrie og Malone kjenner dens pulsslag.

People bought and sold drugs openly. What law there is takes place inside Sharia courts, where Islamic leaders dispense the same forms of justice practised in the countries from which many here fled.

And where, as I discovered, other faiths and religions are being driven from the area.

When helicopters flew overhead in training for the Bastille Day celebrations earlier this month, one man pretended to shoot at them with a machine gun.

Another pushed him away and pretended to fire a shoulder-mounted missile, tracing the missile with his hand towards its targets and shouting: ‘Boom!’ Everyone laughed.

Further down the street, there was a flurry of activity. A woman was surrounded as she opened a huge bag full of phones, shoes, sunglasses and handbags — clearly stolen from tourists or Parisians. The goods were quickly sold and the crowd melted away.

Scenene er som tatt ut av De helliges leir.

Det offisielle Frankrike fortsetter å fortrenge og benekte problemene. Emmanuel Macron forsøker seg på et konkordat med de muslimske hovedorganisasjonene, på samme måte som Hitler inngikk et konkordat med Vatikanet. Men Macron stiller svakt, som ikke vil innrømme problemenes kjerne.

De scenene Malone beskriver er som tatt ut av Michel Houellebcqs roman Underkastelse. Den er lagt til 2021. Da har tilstandene i Saint Denis spredt seg til resten av samfunnet.

Det Malone beskriver i Saint Denis er Frankrikes fremtid.

Han rekapitulerer jihadangrepene på Charlie Hebdo, Bataclan-kataklysmen og strandrpomendaen i Nice. Hollande og Manuel Valls innførte unntakstilstand og nye fullmaktslover. Men tingenes tilstand er bare blitt verre.

Since then, as I discovered, in many ways the situation has worsened, although thankfully there has not been another major terrorist attack.

There are around 350 known jihadists living in Saint-Denis, while 1,700 are believed to have returned to France after fighting for IS in Syria, with 15,000 terrorism suspects in France.

In Saint-Denis itself, there is a record number of mosques — 160 official ones, and many more unofficial — compared with 117 Catholic churches and 60 Protestant. Yet it is the unauthorised mosques — set up in basements and garages — that the authorities fear the most.

‘The radicalisers use these hidden places of worship to influence the young and impressionable,’ said a veteran police officer who has worked in Saint-Denis for more than two decades.

He added: ‘Salafists (followers of an extreme form of Islam) impose the rule of religion, so we can have very little influence. These radicalisers are the ones who motivate the young towards terrorism.’

Politi og hæren betraktes som en okkupasjonsmakt.

Kriminalitet og islam eksisterer side om side. Det er de vantros land som plyndres.

Much of the money-raising activity comes from drug-dealing by gangs, many of them Muslim. At one high-rise block of flats not far from where I was staying, the scale of the operation was evident.

Like a department store, different drugs are sold on different floors. Moroccans and North Africans sell hashish for ten euros a bag on the third floor.

On the next floor up, two West African youths — one with his hair dyed pink, the other blonde — were dispensing skunk marijuana for 20 euros a bag.

Further up were older black Africans selling rocks of cocaine at 20 euros for a small plastic wrap. Above, heroin was being sold, and there was also, apparently, a room set aside for injecting.

At this point, I told one of the men I was a journalist and asked whether we could have a chat.

A chunky character in a red Ellesse sports shirt, he was relaxed, smiled at me and said politely to me in English: ‘No — go.’ I went.

Antisemittisme i sin mest moderiske form er en bestanddel av «kulturen»: Malone nevner drapet på Mireille Knoll, en Holocaust-overlevende, som ble drept av to muslimske menn, den ene av dem hadde vokst opp med Mireille som nabo. Han kunne nevnt to andre spektakulære drap på jøder: Sarah Halimi som ble kastet ned fra balkongen av naboen og Ilan Halimi som ble kidnappet og torturert til døde. Alle tre har noe illevarslende ved seg. Jødene som kan forlater Frankrike. Myndighetenes reaksjon har bidratt til at de emigrer: De vil ikke innrømme at angrepene er antisemittiske, og det eneste de klarer er å sette ut vakter. Hvilket gir jøder en følelse av å være beleiret.

Det tolereres ikke andre religioner enn islam i Saint Denis.

While only a few hundred attend weekly mass at the Basilica here, thousands of Muslims stream into the area’s mosques for Friday prayers — so much so that, in a rare intervention, the authorities banned them from praying in the streets as well.

En dystopisk fremtidsroman kunne ikke beskrevet verre forhold. For bare syv år siden ble Document beskyldt for å være alarmistisk. Når man leser om forholdene i Saint Denis er det vanskelig å finne de rette ord. Hvordan skal en ghetto på to millioner finne sin løsning, og den er ikke den eneste.

Fransk venstreside har vært en del av problemet. Det er bare et år siden borgermester i Paris, Anne Hidalgo, ville saksøke Fox News fordi de sa det var no-go-zoner i Frankrike.

Forholdene er verst for kvinner.

Women suffer the most. Not far from the drug dealers outside the station, I visited a women’s refuge set up by Ghada Hatem, a senior gynaecologist, who says almost one in five of her patients have been victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) — the barbaric ritual of cutting the sexual organs of young women.

Now a specialist in the repair of such intimate mutilation, Hatem, who hails from Lebanon, says she is in daily contact with ‘women who tell me about the horrors they experience at home’.

Sarah Oussekine, who has an Algerian background and who runs a group called the Voix d’Elles Rebelles (Voice of the Female Rebels) in Saint-Denis, says: ‘When you ask girls why they are starting to wear the headscarf — and many more are — they tell you it is an act of faith, but actually when you dig deeper, they have to wear it to stay safe.’

Husk Saint Denis når du hører venstreorienterte argumenterer for at muslimske jenter må få lov til å velge hijab. Det er bare begynnelsen. Det ender opp med at de som ikke gjør det, blir utstøtt.

Hvis ikke kirken, mediene, politikerne, akademikerne og kultureliten i Norge og Skandinavia snur, vil vi oppleve det samme som Frankrike. Tendensene er allerede  tydelige. Men å innrømme det vil innebære å ta ansvar for den politikken som er ført.

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