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Riots Spread In France

Posted on Nov 27, 2007
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Riot police look around during clashes with young residents of Villiers-le-Bel, a northern Paris suburb, late Monday.

Unrest has broken out in the city of Toulouse in southern France as riots continued for a third night in Paris. France’s prime minister has called the youths involved “criminals,” and President Nicolas Sarkozy has scheduled an emergency meeting of his security staff for Wednesday.


At least 10 cars have been burned and a fire broke out at a library in Toulouse, southern France, following consecutive nights of rioting in Paris.

There was also more violence in the capital as youths set cars on fire in the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Violence broke out there on Sunday after two teenagers died when their motorbike collided with a police car.

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By levi civita, November 28, 2007 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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Apparently french kids consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

Apparently french Muslim Arab kids anti-assimilationist thugs consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

Even better:

Apparently American Corporate Borg collaborators and sympathizers who believe in nuking I-Ran for oil think that french Muslim Arab kids anti-assimilationist thugs consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

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By lilmamzer, November 28, 2007 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

#116542 by Frank

Apparently french kids consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

Apparently <strike>french</strike> Muslim Arab <strike>kids</strike> anti-assimilationist thugs consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

There. Fixed it.  smile

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By Scott, November 28, 2007 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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One thing the article doesn’t share… Apparently there were reports that the victims were warned not to ride the unregistered motorbike. If caught the police said “We are going to run you down.” 
Hmm… looks like went ahead and made through on their promise.

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By Frank, November 28, 2007 at 7:35 am Link to this comment

There are plenty of nonviolent, legal ways to protest.  People who choose to protest by going out to destroy private and public property, commit acts of arson, and attempt to injure police officers are committing criminal acts.  There is no ambiguity about it.

The reasons they are protesting in France are even more ridiculous, based on eyewitness accounts of what happened. A couple of kids joyriding on a motorcycle at high speed without helmets crash into a police cruiser…and it’s the cops fault?  Not according to bystanders who saw the crash.

I guess it is a good thing the car they hit wasn’t some random minority group, or the youth might be out vilifying immigrants. Let’s face it, French youth will look for any excuse to protest and raise hell. They did the same thing when France attempted to pass a labor law making it easier for businesses to hire young first time workers, or to fire those workers for cause, such as being habitually late to work or not doing their jobs well. Apparently french kids consider that ‘fascist’ and ‘anti-union’.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 27, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

If you don’t like being deprived and you don’t shut up and do what you are told .....that is DEMOCRACY!!!

These “criminals” were created when Sarko was Minister for the Interior in France years ago, uhh. Ever since, he has traded on peoples’ fears.

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