As France marks the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, a knife-wielding man was shot dead after attempting to enter a Paris police station.
The attack, which took place around noon, prompted the closing of schools, shops, and streets. As the body was lying on the street outside the police station, a police officer protective gear (aided by a robot) inspected the body for any explosives the man might have been carrying. Police said the man shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is great) and appeared to have an explosive device with him.
The incident occurred exactly one year after coordinated attacks on Charlie Hebdo (and less than two months after the 13 terrorist attacks in the city, killing 130 people). These attacks seriously raise the question of what we collectively are doing wrong in the west, as we still suffer these attacks. Furthermore, the #News of the police shooting came shortly after French President Francois Hollande told police forces that the "terrorist threat" remained in an address marking the grim anniversary of Charlie Hebdo.
The incident took place while Francois Hollande was addressing the security forces at Paris' police headquarters, stating: "The perpetrators of such acts must know they will be mercilessly hunted down, caught and punished in the appropriate manner"
The police station is in the 18th arrondissement, which is a multicultural district that has a large immigrant population within, however, the small region is also in the process of rapid gentrification, meaning that the region's value of property increases over time, forcing lower-income families to move out of the district.
France has been under a state of emergency since those November 13 attacks made by Islamic extremists. Turning the clock back to January 7th, 2015, when the Charlie Hebdo attacks killed 20 people, including three terrorists. As this "triple-attack" over the last 365 days has hit the country, the people and the government need to take decisive action. It's clear that the threat level is high, but it isn't as clear in terms of the right course of action to deal with that threat. #Buzz #Terrorism