But to try to screen Muslim employees, which is well-nigh impossible anyway, or to stop hiring Muslims — that would be “Islamophobic.”
“Islamist extremists ‘recruiting staff at airports in France,'” by Nicholas Cecil and Peter Allen, Evening Standard, May 20, 2016:
Islamist extremists are attempting to recruit staff at French airports, it was claimed today.
Workers at Charles de Gaulle airport were checked out in a security review following last November’s Paris terror attack.
Eric Moucay, a lawyer who represented some of the staff, made the claim today as he discussed how around 70 employees reportedly had their security passes revoked.
The review also found 57 workers with access to runway and aircraft were allegedly on an intelligence watchlist as potential Islamist extremists.
Mr Moucay told the BBC Today programme: “There is effectively recruitment going at the airports, that’s clear. There are people who are being radicalised in some of the trade unions. The authorities have their work cut out with this problem.”
Some 4000 lockers belonging to permanent staff members were also searched for any evidence linking them to radical groups.
Augustin de Romanet, head of the Paris airport authority, admitted there were fears about the “phenomenon of radicalisation” of Muslim staff who came from deprived estates surrounding the airport.
The downing of the EgyptAir flight led to a multi-million pound campaign to promote Paris as a tourist destination being abandoned today.
French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had been due to join the city’s Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, to launch the initiative at the Eiffel Tower this morning. But they decided to cancel the event amid growing terrorism fears.
Senior politicians and tourist chiefs were keen to encourage people back to the city following two major terrorist attacks last year, in which almost 150 people were killed.
“The Paris promotion was meant to reverse this trend, but under the present circumstances it just couldn’t go ahead,” said a source at the City Hall in Paris.
Security has been tightened at all Paris airports since last year’s attacks, with uniformed soldiers joining police patrols….