I lived in France for six years and I'm quite surprised this hasn't happened earlier (the riots). Thanks for the updates.
The opposition Socialists, and some regular police unions, have criticised the interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, for having turned his back on the French equivalent of the British bobby in favour of a more aggressive approach to policing.A complete breakdown of law and order and the Socialists ... I have no words.
Chickadeeva,I'd be very interested in hearing some first-hand reports on the situation. What is your opinion on what is going on? What will be the solution?
"What will be the solution?"if Chirac has indeed "had a stroke and gone 'ga-ga'"...one would hopehis stepping down and calling elections would be quite useful.i understand Sarkozy,(for all of the fear he strikes in liberal French news media),has proposed "liberalizing" the economy on the Anglo model AND getting serious about public order and the rule of law.ironically BOTH those initiativeswould be of benefit to the peopleinhabiting the ghettos of the cités ,imo.
I read over at gatewaypundit that there have been incidents in Germany, the Netherlands and Greece as well.They might ought to shut this down now.
Terrye,I'm not sure that it should be shut down yet. Let's give transnational socialism time to fail so miserably that the rent seeking population that maintains the illusion by electing the scum that passes for leadership in the EU eitherr wakes up or choose to become Eloi. The voters of Europe have chosen - let them live (or die) with their choice.
Chuck,The article's last sentence is most interesting:One union called for police to perform only a "minimum service" - one step short of a strike.One's heart has to go out to the French police. While I am sure they have not performed perfectly (one just has to read what the "youths" say about them to get an idea what they're up against), that the regular police would think of striking in this crisis situation from one point of view illustrates a weakness of French culture in general (any threat -- usually to the staus quo -- is met with a threatened strike), but, from another point of view, is perfectly understandable.Who wants to be shot at when one has insufficient backing from both the populace in general and the politicians in particular?Jamie Irons
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