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French Thriller Novelist Attacked by Muslims for Writing About This

Written by Philip Hodges

If Muslims are physically attacking someone for what that person said, wrote, or drew, you can bet that it had to do with some kind of criticism of Islam.

In this case, the thriller novelist didn’t even criticize Islam in his book. “I did not insult Islam in the book,” he said. “I am rather a defender of all faiths, and I combat racist acts in an anti-fascist movement.”

The author – Ghislain Gilberti from Belfort, France – said that those who attacked him for his book either didn’t read his book, or merely skimmed it. Perhaps he’s a little naïve. These kinds of Muslims need very little excuse to be violent.

According to Breitbart, “the book features a fictional jihadist group who finance their actions by means of international drug trafficking.” That’s all it took for this group of Muslims to put this author in the hospital with a broken arm, and attack his 12-year-old son.

Breitbart reported:

Writer Ghislain Gilberti and his son were savagely attacked on Saturday by a group of men shouting “filthy white”, seemingly Islamists enraged by one of his novels, police in France have heard.

Mr. Gilberti and his 12-year-old son were attacked in Belfort, France on Saturday following harassment and attempted break-ins. Though an active antifascist, the writer and his family have received death threats from Salafists displeased that the prologue title of the novelist’s bestseller is “jihad.”

Police are investigating after Mr Gilberti was taken to a hospital with a broken arm by firemen, following a reported street attack by Salafist Muslims.

Mr Gilberti said he received blows to his back before being called a “filthy white” by four men aged between 20 and 30 years, who held him down while attacking.

The author reported the men also kicked his 12-year-old son in the head and stomach, shouting “it’s the same price for you” and “we don’t forgive, we don’t forget” at his 11-year-old daughter who was also present.

The thriller novelist lost consciousness during the beating and, following the attack, will again request full police protection, Mr Gilberti’s publisher broadcast on Facebook.

Police say they are aware of the incident, have interviewed witnesses and that they are currently trying to determine the circumstances of the assault.

L’est Republicain reported that Salafists began threatening the author and his family, and harassing them in their own home following the paperback release of Mr Gilberti’s novel The Feast of the Snake.


Mr Gilberti said he suspects Muslim critics who denounce his novel as “insulting [their] cause” are unintelligent. He remarked: “The authors of the threats have not read the book, or they have just skim read it. I did not insult Islam in the book. I am rather a defender of all faiths and I combat racist acts in an anti-fascist movement.”

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