2017-04-07 21:21:08 UTC
The accused, a 27-year-old of Muslim origin known to police for a string of offenses, had broken into the apartment of his victim – reportedly scaling the exterior wall from the floor below where he lived with his parents – to stab his victim before throwing her to her death.
Whilst the motives behind this crime are not yet 100% clear, it represents a growing phenomenon of criminal acts being preceded by cries of ‘‘Allahu Akbar’’ (‘’God is Great’’) consistently explained by French media as the acts of ‘’déséquilibrés’’, the ‘’unbalanced’’ – a word fast entering the lexicon for such circumstances.
I say: For brevity, my comments are limited to the use of the word. Notwithstanding the possible legal implication that the unbalanced might be not guilty by reason of insanity, ’déséquilibrés' is not used only if one who commits violence is Muslim. In the following title of a movie with no Muslim characters, a boy who pushed a girl off the bridge is described as déséquilibrés:
Déséquilibres (1982) - IMDb
Short · A handicapped woman recognizes the man who, when they were children, pushed her off a bridge