French Telecom giant Orange has been in the news recently after the verbal diarrhea of its head Stephane Richard (in other words, literally a Dick head).
Accused of having wanted to perpetrate several attacks, the members of the small Islamist group had collected the personal details of several well-know personalities. On the first day of their hearing, the leader of the network denied any terrorist project.
In addition to three Jewish grocer’s shops, a café in rue des Rosiers in Paris and five shops in the chain Hyper Cacher [kosher], the “Knights of Pride”, as the members of Forsane Alizza called themselves, had two Lyonese judges in their target sights, one of whom had been chosen because of the Jewish sound of his name and a child protection order, based on mistreatment, applying to the children of one of the presumed Islamists. The members of the radical group, fifteen of whom are appearing in Paris starting from Monday, did not exclude attacking “enemies of Islam” such as Fabrice Robert, leader of the party Bloc Identitaire.
Thanks to a “Dawoud”, an acquaintance working for Orange, Mohamed Achamlane, the self-proclaimed “emir” of Forsane Alizza, also received a “small gift”, specifically a list of names, addresses, landline and mobile telephone numbers of political personalities such as Nicolas Sarkozy, Roselyne Bachelot, Édouard Balladur, Jean-Louis Boorlo, Dominique de Villepin, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Jean-Louis Debré and even Philippe Douste-Blazy. Forsane Alizza also obtained details of media figures such as Éric Zemmour [Jewish anti-immigration commentator] or Silhem Hachbi of the movement “Ni pute, ni soumise” [“Neither bitch, nor submissive”, a sort of brown women feminist movement]. Insatiable, Mohamed Achamlane had even demanded details of “cops, judges, MPs, etc., so we have a big database to have a means of exerting major pressure.”
In a file called “UMP data.odt” [UMP was the major right-wing party in France, Sarkozy’s party], the anti-terrorist judges also discovered that the Islamists had “personal data of members of the UMP, including MPs, former ministers and media personalities,” including “addresses, telephone numbers, electronic messages, vehicles, number of children, professions”.
Watch this space.
Hat tip: Yoel.