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Submitted by Edouard Kapps, Lyon, France (France), Jul 17, 2005 at 19:56

Because of I live in France since my birth (1985) , I can bring you some precisions :
- only 10% (nearly 6 million) arab people live in France, and mostly are Muslims but don't practice really their religion. Globaly, their natality rate stay big but joined fastly the average rate
- France always has fought islamist terrorism for twenty years: there were terrorists attacks in 1986 and in 1995 by Algerian Groupe Islamiste Armé GIA, with bombs and dead people in the parisian subway, and in lyonnaise metropole.
- I'm proud of it and proud of the battle that Dominique de Villepin, Chirac, and Schroeder led against crazy decision of attacking Irak. How many died people need bloody Americans to revenge the 3 000 regretted victims of the 9/11 ?? Twenty, thirty, forty women, children, elder or simply men fall each day under american or terrorist bombs ? Who is able to deny that American military operations made Irak a terrorist base ? Who is responsible for 25 000 to 100 000 Irakian people who died since avril 2003 ? Not Saddam anymore? Islamists ? But who brought them to engage in nationale resistance networks when lots of Irakian let leave their blood under your bombs ?
Conclusion: whe can fight terrorism better than attack one of the poorest country in the world.
- France contains nearly 500 000 Jews People. In my country, we don't like telling about "Muslim" or "Jew" community; community is considered like a dangerous word, which simplifies economic (and no only racial) inequalities, separes national community. In fact, there isn't "the muslim", but lots of different people who comes from Algery, Marocco or Turquie, who lives in the suburbs of Lyon, Marseille or Strasbourg. In 1905, whe found laïcité to fight catholicism, who controled education and which was a threat for the new republic. Republic is the lonely community each French is supposed to belong. It doesn't exist official statistics on arab, black or other ""community"".
- nevertheless, lots of new workers who came in the 60's from Maghreb were installed in new big and modern buildins, in the suburbs of eastern cities (marseille, lille, strasbourg, grenoble, paris). They stay in France after 1973, and their family came to France with them. Today, these districts ar a shame for France, but even if there is lot of delinquency, the interdiction of guns and a generous social security avoided to these districts to become like American ghettos, who is one of the symbol of the worth of a city in France.
That's all, I hope you won't be shoked by my hesitating english, and hope you will speak with me about all these questions.
Good bye dear America

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