France strengthens border controls after the attack. Is it too late?

12.12.2018

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tightens control on the state’s border after a shooting took place in Strasbourg with the participation of a native city, an ethnic Algerian, which killed two people and six injured.

The French authorities decided to strengthen law enforcement measures after the shooting in Strasbourg.

"The authorities decided to declare the highest level of threat of terrorist attack. Increased border control will be implemented. Strengthening control will be carried out on all Christmas markets in the country",- Minister said at a press conference.

But will these “cosmetic measures” help solve the systemic problem of the integration of foreigners, which serves as a tool for those who destabilize Europe?

The German newspaper Tagesspiegel reports that the 29-year-old Sharif Sherkat and his brother were known to the police as Islamists. Whether they contacted the German brothers is still unknown. However, in Germany, Sharif had problems with the law - in 2016 he was sentenced to two years in prison for robbing a pharmacy in Baden-Württemberg. After his release, he was sent to France.

The French newspaper Le Figaro, which writes that Sharif was listed in the police registry as a person "posing a threat to national security," also points to a likely connection with the Islamists. And the French gendarmes were going to arrest him on suspicion of committing the murder on December 11, that is, a few hours before the shooting. But they did not find him at home, but during a search in the apartment, explosives were found.

Acts of violence in recent years in Europe sharply increased. After major terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, when 130 people died, the death of one or two Frenchmen at the hands of militants has long ceased to shock both citizens and journalists. The police have become more vigilant, tightening control over security in public places, but attacks continue, albeit on a smaller scale.

One of the main reasons for this remains the non-integration of visitors into society. In a number of European countries, places of compact residence of migrants remain. These are Molenbeek and Skarbek on the outskirts of Brussels, Saint-Denis near Paris, Neukölln in Berlin, Rinkeby and Husby in Stockholm. It comes to the fact that the police are afraid to go there.

Major terrorist attacks in France and Brussels were carried out by the hands of people from these disadvantaged areas. The terrorists who attacked people near the stadium "Stade de France" and in the concert hall "Bataclan" in Paris, were preparing a terrorist attack in Molenbeek. From another district of Brussels - Skarbek - the appeared terrorists who blew up the Brussels airport in March 2015, while 35 people were killed.

Another fact is curious - yesterday's attack in Strasbourg took place near the Christmas fair. In Berlin, in the winter of 2016, a truck hit also occurred at the Christmas market, not far from the Kaiser Wilhelm church. So one cannot help but notice the religious implication of the attacks.

Obviously, those who perpetrate the attacks could easily be used by third forces for their own political purposes. However, the continuing problem with the integration of the Muslim population of Europe, which is growing even faster after the migration crisis, still creates fertile soil for social tension, intolerance and xenophobia, which, with external support, lead to bloodshed on the streets of Paris, Brussels and Berlin.