French MP accosted while campaigning: This land belongs to the muslims, you have no place here!
While doing an election campaign walkabout in Sartrouville (in the
outskirts of Paris) accompanied by the area's deputy mayor, Jacques
Myard, a member of the French parliament who represents the mainstream
conservative UMP, was aggressively accosted by a djellaba-wearing Muslim
on a scooter.
"You've got no place here. This is Arab land. This land belongs to the
Muslims. It's not French soil. You are racists, Zionists. You need to
The MP attempted to continue walking around, talking to the local people
and shaking their hands. As he did, the Muslim addressed them:
"Don't shake his hand. He votes for laws against the Arabs. If you shake his hand, I'll come and burn you."
This was a reference to the MP's vote for the burka ban. Myard described what followed on his website:
After attempting to establish a dialogue, but in vain, we continued to
distribute our campaign newsletter, this individual continuing to
insult, to vilify us and to threaten the shopkeepers who were making us
welcome. He also insulted Moïse, who is of African origin, calling him a
It is appropriate to note that a number of persons of North African
origin lowered their eyes when confronted with his insults and threats,
showing they were afraid!
At no time did we respond to his provocations, although he would have
liked nothing better than a confrontation. But clearly there can be no
question of giving in when confronted by a person like this. At 12 o'
clock, after having distributed more than a hundred newsletters, we let
followed by this person who was continuing to shout.
It goes without saying that we cannot let pass these remarks forming
part of the radical islamist communitarian tendencies which are
unacceptable on our national territory!
As a consequence, we filed a complaint; thanks to the information
supplied to the police, the person was arrested the same evening. We
formally identified him the next day.
The state prosecutor presented the case immediately before the court.
The defence lawyer requested a deferral of the trial until 15 June,
which was granted by the court, but he was incarcerated.