Thousands of Muslims march for slain French police officers

Several thousand members of the Muslim community marched on Sunday in memory of the police officer and his partner who were brutally murdered by an Islamist extremist last week.

Thousands of Muslims march for slain French police officers
The Muslim community march in honour of slain police officers. Photo: AFP

Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his partner Jessica Schneider, a police official, were both stabbed to death at their home not far from Paris, by jihadist Larossi Abballa.

On Sunday members of the Muslim community in Mantes-La-Jolie, the town where both victims had worked, held a march on honour the murdered couple.

Wreaths were laid outside the police station before a minute’s silence was held. The marchers then applauded the memory of the two police officers who were slain.

“We are facing a crime, committed by a criminal who is neither religious nor intellectual, that is based on pure stupidity,” said Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, president of the local mosque.

“The politicians alone do not have the solutions, nor do the Muslim community, but together maybe we can find one to stop this vicious cycle,” he added.

“The march is to say that the Muslim community has no responsibility for the crime and the barbaric acts by terrorists it feels it has a duty to condemn and to take action against them,” El Jaouhari added.

The banner at the front of the march had the slogan “Je Suis la Police”, a take on the “Je Suis Charlie” slogan of solidarity that was born out of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

It also included the words “Let us mobilize against barbarity”.

One marcher named Imane Remina, aged 18, told Le Parisian: “By doing this we show we are united against terrorists, these monsters who just want blood at any cost.”

Mohammed Bouaalal, a shopkeeper from a neighbouring town came to the demonstration with his daughters to show that “Muslims in France have absolutely nothing to do with these criminals.”

“Today they attack police, but tomorrow it could be us, the Muslims, who they target, as we have seen in Egypt or Yemen. Because in their eyes we are traitors who do not have the same vision of the world.”

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Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim’s x-ray

A Paris court on Wednesday convicted a surgeon for trying to sell an X-Ray image of a wounded arm of a woman who survived the 2015 terror attacks in the French capital.

Surgeon fined for trying to sell Paris terror attack victim's x-ray

Found guilty of violating medical secrecy, renowned orthopaedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean must pay the victim €5,000 or face two months in jail, judges ordered.

Masmejean, who works at the Georges-Pompidou hospital in western Paris, posted the image of a young woman’s forearm penetrated by a Kalashnikov bullet on marketplace Opensea in late 2021.

The site allows its roughly 20 million users to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – certificates of ownership of an artwork that are stored on a “blockchain” similar to the technology used to secure cryptocurrencies.

In the file’s description, the surgeon wrote that the young woman he had operated on had “lost her boyfriend in the attack” on the Bataclan concert hall, the focus of the November 2015 gun and bomb assault in which jihadists killed 130 people.

The X-Ray image never sold for the asking price of $2,776, and was removed from Opensea after being revealed by investigative website Mediapart in January.

Masmejean claimed at a September court hearing that he had been carrying out an “experiment” by putting a “striking and historic medical image” online – while acknowledging that it had been “idiocy, a mistake, a blunder”.

The court did not find him guilty of two further charges of abuse of personal data and illegally revealing harmful personal information.

Nor was he barred from practicing as prosecutors had urged, with the lead judge saying it would be “disproportionate and inappropriate” to inflict such a “social death” on the doctor.

The victim’s lawyer Elodie Abraham complained of a “politically correct” judgement.

“It doesn’t bother anyone that there’s been such a flagrant breach of medical secrecy. It’s not a good message for doctors,” Abraham said.

Neither Masmejean, who has been suspended from his hospital job, nor the victim were present for Wednesday’s ruling.

The surgeon may yet face professional consequences after appearing before the French medical association in September, his lawyer Ivan Terel said.