Attacks on soldiers in their home countries both in Europe and North America are on the increase. And why not? Islamic supremacism is on the march across the world, sanctioned by a US President. So they are emboldened, brazen, and un-apologetically violent.
The victim wasn't wearing his uniform. According to this
22-year-old man, it was indeed because of his profession that he was
attacked violently, however, twice, in the La Source district.
He told police that he preferred to keep quiet about his job for fear of
being insulted when he went back to visit his parents, in the district
of La Source. However, this soldier was violently attacked at the foot
of his parents' building on 27 August. On that day, a neighbour, knowing
his profession, reproached him with "defending the interests of France
in Mali", recalls an investigator. Adding actions to words, he struck
the soldier on the head with his car keys, a wound that required five
stitches. The attacker also struck his own sister who tried to
intervene. End of the first act.
Thursday, 2 pm. The same soldier again became the target of the same man
while he was waiting patiently at a tram stop in the La Source
district. Kicks, punches: the attacker is said to have threatened to
kill the soldier, telling him "that he had no business intervening
against the jihadists".
This time the man was arrested by the police, in the wake of the
incident. He offered a blanket denial but the CCTV of the operating
company allowed the police in La Source to confirm that blows were
indeed struck against the soldier.
Aged 29, born in Libya and a citizen of Chad, the attacker ended up
admitting the altercation but not the circumstances in which it
unfolded. According to him, it was because the soldier got a bit too
close to his sister that he came to blows with him. And not for
geopolitical reasons. "He disputes the version of the victims and claims
it was family-related," confirmed a source in the Orléans prosecutor's