Paris was attacked across multiple locations. At the same time the Calais based refugee Camp was burned.
I sat down this morning to write about the 8-10% drop in major US share prices. The TV was on, the news flashes started about the attacks in Paris. The financial volatility paled compared to what came over the television. An attack unfolded by terrorists.
A state of emergency, unprecedented since World War II, came into force. The French borders have been closed and all flights grounded to and from France. Paris is in mayhem as 1500 troops are shifted to the countries capital.
In the meantime in the US heavy vehicles were ordered into major and primary key area’s like the Times Square and Wall Street.
ISIL claimed responsibility quickly and threatened more attacks. The attacks were well coordinated across a number of locations. The question is where next? There is no doubt the affects on Europe will be profound.
At the same time of the attacks the Refugee crisis added more complexity. The drama in Calais came after a series of clashes with riot police during the week – resulting in 27 officers suffering minor injuries.
Tensions have risen in Calais since the imposition of tough new security measures, including 15ft-tall, razor-topped fences and increased police patrols.
Campaign group No Borders claimed that anger was stoked further when far-right demonstrators burned a Qu’ran in Calais last weekend.
A huge 10,000 m2 fire broke out in the Sudanese area of the Refugee Camp in Clais called the “Jungle”. It is unclear how the fire began but its clear it was linked. Why would refugees burn down their only protection and possessions?
What is clear is the rise of opposition to the displaced. A statement said: “The authorities allowed the far right to hold a demonstration last Sunday, inciting racial hatred, making death threats, and burning a Qu’aran in the middle of boulevard Jacquard (Calais’ main street).
“In the evening 5 nazis wearing hoods went to attack migrants near the Eurotunnel. These events made many people in the jungle understandably very angry and we suspect that this was linked to the reasons for the riot.”
Calais mayor Nathacha Bouchart recently blamed Britain’s ‘black market economy’ and ‘cushy benefits system’ for the thousands of migrants camped in her town.
She said: “They want to go to England because they can expect better conditions on arrival there than anywhere else in Europe or even internationally.
“There are no ID cards. They can easily find work outside the formal economy, which is not really controlled.
“Calais is a hostage to the British. The migrants come here to get to Britain.
“The situation here is barely manageable. The UK border should be moved from Calais to the English side of the Channel because we’re not here to do their jobs.”
Behind the immediate scenes of unity in Paris and across Europe the backlash is yet to be seen. What is clear is the actions of nations in the Middle East and North Africa have arrive in Europe. The authorities were powerless to stop the attack and the consequences of ongoing conflicts have arrived, starting in France since January.
The invasion of Iraq has now been admitted as a “mistake” by Hilary Clinton and Tony Blair. The G20 Summit are discussing tighter security controls. Ironic that the invasions (started in 1991) in the Middle East were in the name of “Freedom”. Panadora’s box was opened. The complex nature of the issues will linger in the major Western Countries which will have increasing affects both on day to day life and economically.
New Zealand’s only terrorist attack was by operatives of the French intelligence service (DGSE) in 1995.