France’s mainstream press has been accused of endeavoring to bury an appalling incident in the multicultural city of Marseille in which Dr. Alban Gervaise was murdered ‘in the name of Allah’ as he waited to pick up his two young children, aged 3 and 7, at the Sévigné Catholic school.
The gruesome killing, which took place on May 10th, around 6 p.m., saw 23-year-old Mohamed L. approach 40-year-old Alban Gervaise—the chief radiologist at the Laveran military training hospital—from behind before stabbing him multiple times in the throat, inflicting injuries so severe that the father of three passed away at the hospital where he was being treated, the French news magazine Causeur reports.
Mohamed L. shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, according to witnesses. Valiant passers-by intervened and eventually, after a physical struggle, managed to subdue the assailant before police arrived at the scene to detain him.
Mohamed L., who was already known to the authorities for narcotics trafficking offenses, was subsequently arrested by police officers from the Specialized Field Brigade (BST) of the 14th arrondissement of Marseille, before being placed in pre-trial detention.
The French news aggregation site Fdesouche notes that the various mainstream press outlets that did cover the gruesome murder, including Ouest France, CNEWS, and La Provence, conveniently exchanged the assailant’s invocation of ‘Allah’ for ‘God,’ leading many to believe they were deliberately trying to conceal the murderer’s Islamist motives.
Following news of Dr. Gervaise’s tragic passing, the French Army Support Association (ASAF), extended their heartfelt condolences to his wife and three children—and slammed the county’s mainstream press for failing to honestly and adequately inform the public.
Marion Bareille (LR), the mayor of the 13th and 14th arrondissements of Marseille, also reacted to the brutal killing with sorrow and astonishment, writing on social media: “To his wife, his children, his family, his friends and his brothers in arms, I send my deepest condolences. I hope that justice will rule with extreme severity because I cannot accept that such a crime should go unpunished.”
In light of the facts at hand, Eric Ciotti, a high-profile member of the center-Right establishment Les Républicans, a party that has done little to curb mass immigration, has called for a terrorist motive not to be ruled out at this stage in the case.
Deep emotion at the time of learning of the death of Alban Gervaise, a military doctor who was attacked with a knife on leaving school in front of his children in Marseille. His assassin had acted “in the name of Allah,” according to his words. The terrorist motive must be retained in this case.
In late April, Dr. Alban Gervaise had been a recipient of the Medal of Honor for the Army Health Service.
Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. His work has been featured in various English-language news outlets in Europe and the Americas. He has an educational background in biological and medical science. His Twitter handle is @R_Semonsen.