Soccer Fans Are Problematic & The French are Worse

I have written about the dull game here, here and here. Now we can add this to the list:

PARIS, Nov 24, 2006 (AFP) – A French police officer — a black man in plain clothes — shot dead a Paris-Saint Germain football fan after being turned on by a mob during racist violence that followed the team’s defeat by Israeli side Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Antoine Granomort, who was in custody Friday morning, fired his handgun into a threatening crowd near the Parc des Princes stadium late Thursday after seeking to defend a French fan of the Israeli club from attack, police and witnesses said.

A 24-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old who was wounded is in serious condition in hospital, police said.

Five fans were in police custody Friday morning and face possible charges for “racist and anti-Semitic insults”, police said.

“Four young people presumably from the Jewish community were rounded on by a group of supporters of PSG. They decided to separate, and one of them Yanniv Hazout was chased by attackers … The mob grew to some 100 people,” said state prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin.

“A plain clothes officer from the transport police, Antoine Granomort, told Monsieur Hazout to stand behind him and then tried to keep the crowd away using his tear-gas canister.

“The crowd hurled insults — dirty Jew, dirty nigger — and monkey cries and raised Nazi salutes. Some shouted ‘Le Pen for president’,” he said.

According to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy: “One of the attackers hit him on the head and another kicked him in the groin, and he fell to the ground. He got out his gun after stating he was a policeman — though in what exact circumstances I do not know.”

“(The officer) fired in legitimate self-defense in order to protect his physical person. He had come to the aid of a man in accordance with our rules of engagement, and he had no choice but to shoot,” said Patrice Ribeiro of the Synergie police union.

“I am sorry that there is a dead PSG fan but one has to say that these people are racists who attacked a police officer because he was a man of colour,” said Joaquin Masanet of the UNSA-police union.”

France has some very serious problems. It is a society that is on the verge of a major upheaval.

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8 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack November 30, 2006 at 9:01 am

    Hi Alison,

    No, I am afraid not.

    Elster,

    I hear you.

  2. Elster November 29, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    These problems have been bubbling in France for many years. To me, their culture is majorly screwed up – and I believe that you are correc tthta, eventually this rotting body will collapse in on itself.

    In fact, due to the hatred they have for me and my people, I sorta HOPE it happens.

  3. Alison November 28, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    How right you are. It’s not just social upheaval that’s coming, either.

  4. Jack's Shack November 27, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Stephen,

    They have done a poor job of integrating their immigrants. They have a tremendous number of unhappy Muslims running around. How many problems have we already seen.

    From my vantage point I haven’t seen any reason to be optimistic about them.

    Prag,

    Crazy, isn’t it.

  5. Anonymous November 27, 2006 at 8:36 am

    how stupidly courageous to, openly support the Israeli team in the middle of Paris!

  6. Stephen November 27, 2006 at 1:36 am

    France is on the verge of a major upheaval.

    Indeed. Stay tuned for further developments.

  7. Jack's Shack November 26, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Hi Fern,

    I give the officer credit, but the problem with the French is not just with antisemitism.

    Look at the insults they yelled at the cop.

  8. Fern R November 26, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Not to diminish the obvious anti-semitic problem that France has, but thank G-d for that police officer. He could have easily walked away and no one would have been the wiser. It must have taken a lot of courage to protect a Jew against an angry, presumably drunk mob of anti-semites.

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