“In Trappes the French Republic no longer exists. This is a town ruled by Islamists, jihadists, the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists.”
MP Alain Marsaud, a former anti-terrorist investigating magistrate, made this claim in July 2016. Benoît Hamon, former municipal councillor of Trappes and Socialist Party candidate for the 2017 presidential election, dismissed Marsaud’s assertions as “lies and slander” not backed up by facts.
Yet, an official report submitted to Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas describes Trappes as a town that is out of control and the region of Yvelines (where Trappes is located) as the cradle of Islamic radicalism in France as far back as the 1980s.