The Week (US)
Anti-Muslim murders: A 20-year-old Canadian man who mowed down a family of five with his pickup truck, killing four, deliberately targeted his victims because they were Muslims, police said this week. The family was waiting to cross a suburban street in London when suspected attacker Nathaniel Veltman smashed into them, before driving away at high speed. Salman Afzaal, 46; his wife, Madiha, 44; their 15-year-old daughter, Yumna, and Salman’s 74-year-old mother, Talat, were all killed. Their 9-year-old son, Fayez, was hospitalized but is recovering. Veltman, who was wearing body armor, was arrested soon after the attack. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder, and terrorism charges are likely. “This was a terrorist attack,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who urged the country to unite against an “ugly, pervasive trend” of anti-Muslim violence.
Macron hit: President Emmanuel Macron received a slap in the face during a visit to a small town in southern France this week. Macron was shaking hands with members of the public when he was slapped by a man who shouted “Montjoie, Saint-Denis,” a French battle cry from the Middle Ages, adding, “Down with Macronism!” The assailant and a companion were arrested, and French media said the two were members of the Yellow Vest movement that arose in 2018 to protest Macron’s planned gas-tax hikes and economic reforms. Macron’s approval rating is hovering at 38 percent, and he is trailing far-right leader Marine Le Pen in polls ahead of next year’s presidential election.