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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Fallujah? No, Paris

It seems that the French problem regarding unassimilated Muslim immigrants is reaching a tipping point:

Paris riots spread, shaking French government

The French government was reeling after nearly a week of suburban rioting outside Paris spread to other areas around the capital, laying bare what observers said was the country's failure to address deep problems of poverty and immigration.

Gangs of stone-throwing youths clashed with police and torched 180 cars overnight in several towns north and west of Paris in an escalation of dusk-to-dawn violence that has raged since last Thursday following the death of two teenagers in the northeast suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.

Thirty-four people were arrested in the rampages, which have so shaken authorities that President Jacques Chirac came forward to call for calm and vow to investigate the teens' deaths.

"Tempers must calm down," a spokesman quoted him as telling his cabinet.

Chirac warned that "an escalation of disrespectful behaviour would lead to a dangerous situation" and asserted that "there can be no area existing outside the law" in France.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin put off indefinitely a trip to Canada originally scheduled for Wednesday to call an emergency meeting of ministers to discuss the problem and attend a parliamentary session in which he called the violence "extremely serious".

He told ministers that "the government will ensure public order and will do so with the necessary firmness."

He said he was counting on Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy -- who cancelled a trip next week to Pakistan and Afghanistan to deal with the situation -- to "take the necessary measures."

In all, more than 80 people have been arrested and two dozen police hurt since the start of the riots last week

The spark for all of this was the shooting of two Muslim teenagers who were fleeing police and then the launching of tear gas into a mosque.

Perhaps France could use some UN peacekeeping troops? Or perhaps America's 4th Infantry Division?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler