French police injured by gunfire

Sunday, November 06, 2005
Reuters is reporting that 10 French police have been injured from gunfire in Grigny, which is south of Paris. Two of them were hospitalized.

Meanwhile Chirac, 10 days after the rioting started, made his first public statement. He said, "The Republic is quite determined, by definition, to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear." Well Jacques, you might start by calling out the army to start busting heads.

15 comments:

David Thomson said...

France is finished. We are literally witnessing the death of a major country. I may be among the first to be so blunt---but others are sure to follow. The French are analogous to the guy jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. It’s too late for him to change his mind. He will now pay the price for his earlier decision.

Peter UK said...

I think we should flood the Channel Tunnel NOW!

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Never say never, David. I never thought I would see the end of the Soviet Union. But I did. People almost always react to painful situations by first ignoring them and hoping they will go away. Only when they are pushed over and over again and have time to respond to a new reality do they take the necessary measures. Then what tends to happen is swift and violent. I wouldn't rule the French out just yet.

ambisinistral said...

France will fight back eventually. i read an earlier article that had some polling showing some 65% favoring Nicolas Sarkozy and his hardline approach.

For Chirac and Villepin a tough response vindicates Sarkozy, but at some point public pressure will be too much and they'll have to bite the bullet and seriously respond.

David Thomson said...

“France will fight back eventually.”

"I wouldn't rule the French out just yet."

It’s too late. France’s weak economic growth will not be enough to offer hope to its underclass. This nation is finished.

chuck said...

What has Chiraq been doing all this time? Trying to work his way through My Pet Goat?

chuck said...

France is finished.

I don't think so. After the fifth republic comes the sixth. I think the French will see the defects of a seven year presidential term. I wonder what the next constitution will look like?

Peter UK said...

Going on past form what is likely is that Chirac and de Villepin will throw the Banlieus Sarkozy's head' along with huge amounts of taxpayers money,after all important mens job's are at stake.
The rioters will be granted virtual autonomy and promised anything their hearts desire to desist.
The leaders will be bribed and brought into the tent with imaginary jobs and consulted at length.Later when it all dies down the French Government will renege on the deal.
Totally unheard of? Ask Colin Powell.

Jamie Irons said...

ambi

I cited your post over at Roger's place, where this discussion is quite pertinent...

Jamie Irons

ambisinistral said...

Rick,

Thanks for pointing me to that discussion. I just posted the following (more or less), over there.

Earlier in the week I mentioned that sooner or later the EU's Open border policy was going to start to work its way into this issue. Here is an ABC News item that briefly mentions, at the very end, the governments of Italy and Germany reactions to the rioting. They both express the opinion that the same situation is brewing in their ghettoes.

The fear is spreading out from France. This will end up being a Eureopean-wide problem, particularily with the slow and inept French response so far.

Rick Ballard said...

Ambi,

You're very welcome.

terrye said...

If France can survive the Black Death, The crusades, the Dark Ages, The French Revolution, Napoleon and two world wars, they can survive this.

I hope.

Peter UK said...

Jacques Chirac!

David Thomson said...

“If France can survive the Black Death, The crusades, the Dark Ages, The French Revolution, Napoleon and two world wars, they can survive this.”

The French in earlier times had fewer options. One usually had to stay and work things out. Not today. France’s economic winners can simply emigrate---and many will. Only the losers are forced to remain.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

David,

You're also assuming we're going to let them in. We probably won't. I have a neighbor who was a British policewoman, her husband a computer specialist from Ireland, and they can't get green cards to save their souls. There's a fellow at work from Canada, same situation. But illegal Mexicans by the millions getting free get-out-of-jail cards from the Californians, no problem.

We aren't going to allow stinking Westerners in this country any more. Who do think we are anyway?