Vive La France
So much to say and so little time and so I bring to you a series of posts. First, let us look at France.
“PARIS, France (CNN) — Following 11 days of violence that have rocked France, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Monday that the government will deploy more police and will take the unprecedented step of allowing mayors to declare curfews in French cities.”
Eleven days of virtually uncontrolled violence and they are just now looking at establishing curfews. This is unreal. More from the same story.
“In addition, in an interview on the private TF1 channel, de Villepin said that France must do more to empower the mayors of its cities, provide training, especially for those who drop out of school, and create a climate that puts an end to discrimination.”
They don’t get it. Look at who is rioting and listen to what is being said. This is not about being disenfranchised. The fools spend too much time wondering what they could have possibly done to upset these fine people. What about expecting some acccountability or how about asking the gov’t for a faster response.
Now I know where Mike Brown ended up after Katrina.
Wake up Frenchie. There is something very wrong with this scene.
“Damage from protests across France hit a new peak overnight, as rioters burned 1,408 vehicles in 274 towns, France’s national police chief said. More than 4,300 vehicles have been burned since the riots began 11 days ago.
The figure was an increase from the night before, when 1,295 vehicles were burned, Michel Gaudin told a news conference. He said that police made 395 arrests overnight Sunday-Monday, up from 345 the night before.
Ten riot police were injured by youths firing fine-grain birdshot in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.
Two were hospitalized but their lives were not in danger, he said. It was the first time police were injured by weapons fire since the unrest started.
More cities attacked
“We are witnessing a sort of shock wave that is spreading across the country,” Gaudin said, noting that the violence appeared to be sliding away from Paris and worsening elsewhere in France.
The list of cities attacked is growing — from Lille in the north to Rouen and Orleans in the west, to the Mediterranean cities of Nice and Cannes, to Strasbourg and Colmar in the east, with youths attacking shops, schools and a police station.
CNN correspondents have said renegade youths have turned neighborhoods into no-go zones, even in the daytime.
Among the worst incidents reported — rocks thrown at two buses hit a 13-month-old child in Colombe, an official with the Interior Ministry said. The child was in serious condition.
In the northern city of Rouen, a police barricade was set afire and a burning car was pushed into the police station; and in Strasbourg, near the German border, a school was torched.
A church was set ablaze in the southern fishing town of Sete and another in nearby Lens, Pas de Calais; two schools in the southeastern town of Saint-Etienne and a police station in the central France town of Clermont-Ferrand were torched, as was a social center in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis.”
If you want to read an excellent comment about the current problems see what Mark Steyn has to say here. He does a very nice job of summing things up.