Macron now acting harshly on islamism through a variety of actions since the beheading... whats changed? His polls numbers are bad or something? This is the same guy that upon his election stated that radical islam is not a problem.
I suspect nothing has changed. There were hundreds of opportunities for Macron to react to crimes done by muslims, but those crimes were always swept under the carpet, just ignored. Why did he chose to react now, and in a way that would just spur trouble? Maybe because he wants to spur trouble. This will give him a perfect excuse to tighten control even more, maybe send military to the streets. Would help with lockdowns by the way.