Extensive French police tactics backfire

Police have conducted over 2,700 raids in a month, thereby raising tensions with the Muslim community

Extensive French police tactics backfire

World Bulletin / News Desk

French police have conducted more than 2,700 raids under a nationwide state of emergency declared after last month's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

With extraordinary powers granted by the French National Assembly, police have conducted searches without warrants of dozens of homes, arrested hundreds of people and even shut down mosques and Muslim prayer rooms for fear they were preaching radicalization. 

Such measures, however, have increased tensions between the government and Muslim communities.

"The Muslim minority in France feels like it's being treated as the public enemy," said Yasser Louati, spokesman for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France. "They are afraid of the government."

Muslim leaders said that the police tactics are excessive and unfairly target Muslims, as a result at least 20 court complaints have been filed against the government.

French officials have defended the state of emergency, saying it has been a necessary step to provide security and more resolutely protect citizens in France in the wake of the Paris attacks that killed 130 people last month.

"The state of emergency, it's true, justifies certain temporary restrictions on liberties," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said last month. "But resorting to this, it’s to give us every chance to fully restore these liberties."

The state of emergency is expected to last unti February 26, though it may be extended.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Aralık 2015, 14:21