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Total Blackout – KARIMA ALI - DAY 3

KARIMA ALI - DAY 3

Prefect Jeanne Leroy had faced a problem when she had wanted to mobilize the reservists, civilians who could be contacted in case of need. Indeed, the files listing them, all digitized, were lost. They couldn't be found, and it was just a drop in the ocean of lost information since the blackout. Yet, the prefect and her team had clearly established that they were necessary to prevent the complete collapse of order in France. As a representative of the state and the government, Jeanne Leroy was obliged to do everything in her power to fulfill her missions.

She had asked for total support from Lieutenant Colonel Lejeune, the highest ranking officer currently present at the Rathelot barracks in Nanterre. She had asked him for help in gathering as many determined volunteers as possible to prevent the situation from worsening. What had happened the previous evening unfortunately reinforced her in this idea. Indeed, people, whose number could not be estimated, had come with the intention of confronting the representatives of the law. At the end of April, the days were getting longer, and one could still see perfectly well until nine-thirty.

These delinquents had taken advantage of the disorder to gather with them dozens of kilos of fireworks. For nearly twenty minutes, the prefecture had been under heavy fire. A window had been broken, and a projectile had entered, injuring someone. It was the deputy prefect for equal opportunities, Mehdi Trabelsi, a very nice boy with a heart of gold. His face had been severely burned, and it was not certain that he would retain the use of his eyes. He had been placed in the rest room, a band of fabric covering his entire face.

Karima Ali had been deeply shocked by the violence of the attack and deeply touched by what had happened to Mehdi Trabelsi. Yet, in seven years, she had witnessed many particularly violent demonstrations. She had been stoned, insulted as a gendarme, but also because she was Muslim, as if the two were not compatible. She had been followed, threatened with death, torture; Molotov cocktails and fireworks had been thrown at her. She had been injured several times, but never like this young man who was approximately the same age as her. The most significant injury she had received had left an impressive scar on her left arm. During a demonstration, a Molotov cocktail had broken on her riot shield, and she had partially caught fire. Skin grafts and months of rest had worked wonders, but the mark, the memory of the pain, and a fear of fire had remained. Sometimes, it seemed to her that she could smell the smell of burning flesh again. She had smelled this dreadful smell again at the plane crash site, and she had just smelled it again.

The young gendarme had hesitated a lot to use her weapon to defend the building and its occupants. In the end, she hadn't fired. She still wondered if what had happened to Mr. Trabelsi could have been avoided. In the early morning, she still blamed herself and made fun of herself, saying that for years the law enforcement agencies had expressed the wish to be able to defend themselves with all means at their disposal, including lethal force, when necessary. Yet, although she had the authorization of a general of gendarmerie, she had not dared to pull the trigger. Karima had never shot anyone, only targets during her training. Since superiors were on the lookout for any unnecessary expense, every cartridge was counted as if each one were made of solid gold.

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STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 1 (part 1)
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PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 1 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 1 (part 2)
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STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 2 (part 1)
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KARIMA ALI - DAY 2
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 2 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 3 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 3
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 4 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 4 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 4
KARIMA ALI - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 5
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 5 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 9 to 17 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 2)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 3)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 18 (part 4)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 1)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 2)
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 21 (part 3)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 22
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 22 (part 2)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 31
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 68
KARIMA ALI - DAY 88
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 94
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 124
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 1)
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 153 (part 2)
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 155
AMIN SAIDI - DAY 157 to 164
KARIMA ALI - DAY 169
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 188
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 195
KARIMA ALI - DAY 216
STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 232
PIERRE MARCHAIS - DAY 245 (part 1)
KARIMA ALI - DAY 245
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STEPHANIE LEMOINE - DAY 246
KARIMA ALI - DAY 253
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