Now, whatever you might think of that law, it was passed with the overwhelming approval of both chambers of the French legislature, according to the rules of France’s democracy and, quite clearly, the wishes of its people. To the extreme Islamists, none of this counts. All that matters are the demands of their insistent, raging, terrible god, a god with whom no negotiation is possible. Ever.
So far, France is not going the way of Spain and the Phillippines and capitulating to terrorist demands. I'm not sure they quite get it yet, though, with French officials "mounting a diplomatic offensive."
Here's hoping it works. I'm not optimistic. (I am glad to see the shows of unity across France, though.) May God bless the hostages.