Large police presence halts violence. Contains the amazing statistic that 28,000 cars have been burned this year. No wonder Sarkozy can sell a crackdown. He sounds like the second coming of Giuliani.
The politics: Villepin vs Sarkozy. My own gut feeling is that Sarkozy is going to come out ahead on this. Even in the banlieu. Nobody appreciates a bunch of out-of-control teenagers running around burning up their cars.