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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Riot's Afoot In France

Another night of terror for France. While the authorities are hopefully pointing out that things are getting better, it appears that protecting vehicles is not enough:
Rioters defied a state of emergency that took effect Wednesday, as they looted and burned two superstores, set fire to a newspaper office and paralyzed France's second-largest city's subway system with a firebomb.

However, the number of car burnings -- a barometer for the unrest -- dropped sharply, suggesting the movement lost steam. Overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, youths torched 617 vehicles, down from 1,173 the previous night, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said. Incidents were reported in 116 towns, down from 226 the night before.
It's only a matter of time before they start burning apartment buildings and the people inside them. It's not as if this is happening only in one area. The firebombed subway was in Lyons, but there were severe incidents in Grasse and Toulouse:
Arsonists also set fire to the Nice-Matin newspaper's office in Grasse in the southeast Alpes-Maritimes region, national police spokesman Patrick Reydy said.

Youths threw gasoline bombs at police who retaliated with tear gas in the southern city of Toulouse, where Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was visiting, LCI television said.
Pity the French police. They are criticized if they act with determination to suppress the violence and criticized if they don't. Do you think these burning examples of French idealism didn't like something the newspaper had printed? I do.

The Anchoress printed a sad letter from a friend in France:
1) To night, [one nights ago, November 7 - admin] one state channel, FR3, has decided not to speak about burned cars. No fire reported=no fire at all. Most people don’t even know that dozens and dozens of little churches all over France have been set on fire during these past years. Our media don’t like the Catholics and as they despise the ordinary French people, they did not want us to put 2 and 2 together.
We had to wait 7 days before they spoke about “Islam”. All the while, our Jak Ben Chirak remained silent. When he deigned to speak, it was to say that we, French people, were responsible, because we have not fully accepted the “immigrants”. I do not know where this man is living! He does not have to go in the metro or to take a bus. He lives in the quartiers chics, like most politicians.

The Islamic immigrants from Maghreb and Africa scorned France and were far too superior to deign to accept us…
If any of us were living in France, we'd probably feel a bitter wrath against this group of people. I can't imagine that there isn't going to be a lot more discrimination against immigrant populations after this.

Thinks are slowing down because 'they torched fewer cars?"

Hello...they've moved on to BIGGER TARGETS!

I'm sure that's what they meant to report, right?
Naw, why make a big deal out of a subway and a newspaper office? And as for throwing Molotov cocktails at the cops, well, the cops shouldn't be "provoking" them!
"And as for throwing Molotov cocktails at the cops, well, the cops shouldn't be "provoking" them!"

Some of the comment I received on my sight over the last two weeks kind of blew me away. These people need to be understood. It is no worse than Katrina (a natural disaster mind you), Because they can't find jobs they are just blowing off steam etc.
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