Who Killed Lola? | opinion

Last month, Lola, a 12-year-old child, was partially decapitated and placed in a suitcase in Paris. This child was abducted, raped, mutilated and murdered by Dahbia B., an Algerian immigrant. The details of her death are chilling. She was found by a homeless man in the courtyard of the building where she lived. Her face was taped with tape and her feet and hands were tied. Numbers were written on sticky notes taped to their feet. The suspect’s statements to police reportedly contained other disturbing details.

This murder, another horrific crime committed by a foreigner against a French citizen, had a particular resonance in the sea of ​​murders, rapes and other crimes committed all too frequently in France. It has severely shaken the population, as shown by the many anonymous passers-by who laid flowers in front of the building where the victim lived, as well as the numerous rallies and minutes of silence across France. At the funeral on October 24, which the Home Secretary wanted to attend, the church was too small to accommodate the entire audience.

Lola’s murder resonates with many, not only for its grisly details, but also for its location and her family’s background. It took place north of Paris, a part of the capital known for its massive immigrant presence. Lola’s parents are janitors, a blue-collar job. They’re the kind of people who get up early, work hard, and stay discreet. They’re so discreet they’ve barely spoken to the media since their daughter’s murder.

The crime also resonated because of the killer’s own background. Dahbia B. was an illegal immigrant. She had entered France legally in 2016 on a student residence permit, but overstayed her visa. The French government asked them to leave the country. However, as is almost always the case, their deportation order was not enforced. Even as others complained about their violent behavior, the law was still unenforced in 2019. The simple fact is that if Dahbia B. had been deported, Lola would still be alive. The state that was supposed to ensure the safety of the French has failed.

The joint responsibility of the authorities is obvious. But the chatterbox classes are on a crusade to denounce the “indecency of the far right,” turning the conversation to the stigmatization of foreigners and people with psychiatric disorders, and raising concerns about the possibility of “political instrumentalization” of this event in the same “extreme Right”.

The media decides either to put the event into perspective – by making this gruesome murder of a little girl, among other things, easy news – or to intimidate those who are outraged by it by mocking those who mourn Lola and do not want one to happen Murder repeated as “Neo-Nazis.” When a white woman is murdered by a non-white perpetrator, they argue, only silence is dignified would be the last time an illegal immigrant whom the state could not deport kills a Frenchman.

Woman lays flowers at Lola's funeral in France
LILLERS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 24: A young woman lays flowers in front of the “St. Omer” ahead of Lola’s funeral on October 24, 2022 in Lillers, France.
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So seldom do we respond to tragedy by denying death any symbolic weight. Americans endure the symbolic exploitation of death in every mass shooting. The French endure a symbolic narrative every time there is a hunting accident – ​​although these are rare and dramatic events, it leads to a range of stories about the importance of banning hunting. And there is the symbolism of the BLM, where every act of police violence against black people becomes an event of global importance. But when it comes to murders touching on uncomfortable truths about mass immigration, those kinds of generalizations are flatly denied.

In the end, more television time will have been spent denouncing “political exploitation” than telling what actually happened and what can be done to prevent these easily preventable crimes. Éric Zemmour put the problem in a nutshell: “The caning, the rape, the murder, the knife attack on a French man or woman by an emigrant is not news.”

It doesn’t take a genius to see Lola’s story being suppressed because she’s too perfect a symbol of France’s woes. The left doesn’t care if tragedies happen outside of their favorite groups. Some screams are more legitimate than others. The tears of Lola’s family are worth no less than George Floyd’s, but we are told the former have no place in the public square. This increases working class frustration with the system. The working class should go back home and keep quiet about mass immigration, which they have not been consulted about and en masse oppose.

The collective shock of the French working class meets the utter indifference of its elites. You are completely powerless and are supposed to play Russian roulette a la francaise. Instead of putting a gun to their head, they go to work and school. Every day they have to ask themselves: My son is waiting for the train, will Moroccans hit him and rob him on the platform? Or will an Algerian on the train attack him with a knife? Will my wife be raped on the street by an Algerian who was not in the country legally but has not been deported, or will someone else simply run over me and my grandson with his car? Lola is meant to be just another victim. There will be more after her.

Three days after Lola’s murder was exposed, the President of the Republic expressed his condolences – not for her, but for the members of the National Liberation Front of Algeria who died in a demonstration in Paris 61 years ago. The deaths of Algerians killed by the French decades ago concerns the head of state more than the death of a French little girl at the hands of an Algerian woman on the same day.

This evocation of the Algerian war evokes a terrible irony. In the last days of French Algeria, the Algerians warned French settlers that they could choose “the suitcase or the coffin” – leave Algeria or be killed. With Lola, the French have now discovered that the two possibilities have become equal.

Pierre-Hugues Barré is Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Sciences Po Paris and Visiting Fellow at the Law School of Oxford University.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.

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