A man yelling Islamic slogans was arrested after he sawed through a public Christmas tree in France this week, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Lormont, a commune in the suburbs of Bordeaux.
Residents alerted authorities about a man who was cutting down a Christmas tree erected near the town hall while shouting "Allah akbar."
The suspect had "arrived discreetly with the tools necessary to bring down the Christmas tree," Sud Ouest reports.
He was apprehended at the scene and taken into custody.
He has been identified merely as a 39-year-old man who does not "seem to enjoy all of his mental faculties."
Lormont municipal councilor Julie Rechagneux urged officials to address "insecurity in the city" in a video posted on social media.
In response to the apparent attack on Christian symbolism and European culture, Arnaud Florac offered his take on the recent history of Bordeaux in a piece for Boulevard Voltaire:
In short, a few years ago, the new urbanites arrived, with their soft mobility and their organic mini-markets. They voted green and off we went. Areas of non-French, located on the outskirts, reveled in it, as if the hyenas were dropped off by taxi in front of the panicked gazelles of the tertiary sector. Impunity, forced social mixing, hatred of traditions, deconstruction of the famous “patriarchy”: the recipe is the same as in Lyon and produces, more or less, the same results. For "normal" people, if this expression still has a meaning – that is to say those who are neither Macronist bourgeois nor Frenchmen of foreign origin who hate France and persecute its inhabitants, life in metropolises has become a little difficult.
Military leaders fired off multiple incendiary letters last year, warning the Macron government of looming "civil war" if strong measures are not taken to regain control of a society spiraling into chaos.
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