France has 120,000 police and soldiers on guard to protect its citizens over the Christmas holiday. This is the sort of new normal we don’t want in America, but Washington seems intent on delivering it nevertheless with its insistence on thousands of unscreenable Syrian refugees and Muslim immigration generally.
France celebrates Christmas under tight security, France24, December 25, 2015
It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month’s jihadist attacks.
Heavily armed soldiers patrolled outside the iconic Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores in the city centre, still doing a brisk last-minute Christmas trade but notably less crowded than usual.
“It’s a lot quieter,” said taxi driver Belkassem. “I feel bad for the hotels and restaurants because there are a lot fewer tourists in town this year and this is a crucial time of year for them.”
The famous “bateaux-mouches” boats that carry millions of tourists each year along the Seine have reported a 15-30 percent drop in business since the attacks of November 13, which left 130 dead and hundreds injured.
It is not only France that is feeling the tension this festive season. Christians around the world are bracing for potential attacks at a symbolic time of year — even in China where the US and British embassies warned of possible violence against Westerners in Beijing. Continue reading this article