More French jihad activity. Thanks to Dag for alerting me to this story. From “Troubled France still ill at ease,” from the BBC:
However, New Year’s day saw between 20 and 40 teenagers, many of Arab or north African origin, go on the rampage on a train between Nice and Lyon, intimidating and robbing passengers, and allegedly sexually assaulting at least one young woman.
Mr Chirac added his voice to the chorus of condemnation, calling the violence “unacceptable” and promising that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.
And more details — from “Chirac condemns violence on Nice-Lyon train,” from China’s Xinhuanet:
Two dozen young people, among whom only three have been arrested, robbed and sexually assaulted passengers on the train from Nice to Lyon (both in southeast France) early on Jan. 1, as the train was carrying some 600 people home from New Year’s Eve party.
Train staff called the police, and the train pulled into a station to wait. The three officers who initially turned up had to wait for reinforcements before boarding, during which time the youths continued to wreak havoc.
The train then resumed its journey with a heavy police presence on board but just before Marseille, the youths pulled the emergency stop and escaped by running along the tracks.
Only three of them — two 19-year-old Moroccans and a minor, all living in France — were arrested. Both men were being held for robbery and one was also facing charges of sexual assault. The minor was to be judged separately.