May 7, 2007

French Riots, Right On Cue

After the election of Nicolas Sarkozy, many analysts expected unrest in the banlieus, the Muslim ghettoes that have percolated with unrest for the last several years. Overnight, the French have seen hundreds of cars burnt and hundreds of rioters arrested (via Memeorandum):

French police have arrested a total of 592 people across the country as bands of rioters protested conservative Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential election victory Sunday, French media reported.

The police said a total of 730 vehicles were torched and 28 police officers were injured in violent incidents from Sunday night to Monday morning. Police fought stone-throwing rioters with tear gas, but it was not clear how many rioters were injured, according to Radio France.

Segolene Royal deserves some blame for this. She tried playing the fear card in the week before the runoff that made Sarkozy the new president, and signalled the would-be rioters that the expected response would be chaos and destruction. The French do not need much of a push to demonstrate in passionate terms, and the warning of Royal that Sarkozy's election would lead to riots could also be seen as expert analysis -- but one might think that a person vying for national leadership would have shown more discretion.

The last time these riots got started, they went on for weeks. That was partly because the initial response of the police was to hold back and let the riots burn themselves out. Sarkozy wound up having to take tougher action to get them under control. The arrests show that the French police have learned the lesson. We'll see if the rioters have learned theirs.

UPDATE: Charles Johnson notes that AP apparently bought an attempt to downplay the violence, an effort that French authorities attempted to keep the foreign press from broadcasting the extensive nature of the riots.


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Comments (16)

Posted by Lightwave [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 7:49 PM

I'm confident France will move past this. Sarkozy is what France needed. Just like Britain would not have survived intact as a world power under Roger Callaghan in 1979, France would not have survived Segolene Royal in 2007.

Just like America will not survive as a world power under the Dems in 2008. We have the same choice to make in this country next year.

Posted by Lightwave [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 7:54 PM

James Callaghan, correction. Still, at this point why is everyone pretending the Dems will nominate somebody other than the doomed Hillary Not Rodham Anymore Clinton?

Posted by ANGELM [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 7:55 PM

One of the reasons why France has such significant economic problems is that they have made it extremely difficult to fire workers.

Fortunately, in the United States it is possible to fire a worker without having to go to court and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars justifying the firing in front of a judge.

Captain Ed recently criticized Governor Tommy Thompson for indicating that he believed businesses should not have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars explaining that they fired someone because they weren't doing a good job (a subjective determination on which people will always disagree) and that their sexual orientation had absolutely nothing to do with it. Of course, it is nearly impossible to get inside someone's mind to determine why someone was fired? Was it because of their hairstyle? Their age? Their sexual orientation?

Tommy Thompson said that it should be up to the business to decide whether to fire someone. Captain Ed took the French position without realizing it.

Posted by richard mcenroe [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 8:17 PM

I understand Chirac's troops on the Ivory Coast pioneered some helicopter techniques that might be very useful around the banlieus,,,

Posted by jaxinman [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 9:01 PM

My questions are 1) How many cars are there left in France? and 2) How much does auto insurance run in Paris?

just curious,


Posted by Lew [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 9:48 PM

So let me see if I understand this deal. If the left comes out on the short end of a free election that sported an 85% turn out, they feel perfectly justified in burning the place down in some sort of what....protest?

Protest against who? The 53% of the 85% who voted against them? The winning candidate who now threatens to assume the office that the people freely elected him to? Or maybe the awful possibility that the peoples' overwhelming choice may actually carry out his promised policies? What?

The answer of course, is that the violence and protest is against the outrageous notion that the system allowed them to be outvoted. In other words, they just can't tolerate being told "No!" by someone who has the power to make it stick, like the people themselves. They will only abide by elections that they win, and then they will trumpet the results to the heavens as vindication and validation for all time.

The implied long-term strategy in such a reaction is to make the very next election they win, the last ever allowed. I think we've been here before!

Posted by Mwalimu Daudi [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 9:51 PM

Thugs burning cars - will al-AP and the rest of the MSM portray them as eco-criminals or eco-heroes? Political Correctness is a demanding mistress indeed!

Posted by Del Dolemonte [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 9:58 PM

No, they're just "youths".

Posted by Mwalimu Daudi [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 10:02 PM

Del Dolemonte:

Ah - it's kind of like being an "insurgent".

Posted by trapeze [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 10:07 PM

So where does this burning car thing fit into the Kyoto treaty? Do the French need to go see Algore about buying carbon credits for the mass burning? Or is there an exemption because the cars were burned by oppressed Muslim "youths?" Yeah, of course...what was I thinking? That must be it. Muslim-youth-car-burning-exemption-to-the-global-warming-thingy.

But in any event, my hopes and prayers go out to the wretched French. They have suffered too long at their own hand. May this be the end of the long night that they have endured. I hope that Sarkozy will evict the practioners of the religion of peace and love from their country, impose free markets on the union thugs and cut taxes in half. What fun he will have!

Even more fun: Turn on the Russians, the Chinese, the Germans and especially the filthy Iranians. The United Nations could be a whole different game under a reformed France.

Wishful thinking in full gear here.

Posted by Bill Faith [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 7, 2007 10:33 PM

I added an excerpt and link to my 2007.05.07 Dem Perfidy // Islamism Delenda Est Roundup in recognition of the fact I consider the banlieus just one more front in the war on terror, what with all those Hindus and Presbyterians running around with their torches and pitchforks. Now that the election's over I have a hunch some Hindu and Presbyterian "youths" may be in for a real learning experience. Here's hoping, anyway.

Posted by Adjoran [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 8, 2007 1:11 AM

We certainly cannot, and should not, consider violence and vandalism as any sort of legitimate "protest" against anything.

They can't even be considered "riots," as we understand them. Riots have a spontaneous nature, and are triggered by some surprising and unexpected event. This violence is part of an organized campaign, which will continue until France decides to stop it.

In order to do that, they will have to reassert civil control over these areas, and that entails repudiating a large portion of the political correctness which now hobbles civilian authority. They can't hope to stop it until they are able to put civil order ahead of multicultural "tolerance."

What's French for, "Say, if you're of the 'Religion of Peace,' why are you always blowing stuff up?"

Posted by Cybrludite [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 8, 2007 5:37 AM


Dites-vous, si vous êtes de "l'religion de la paix", pourquoi soufflez-vous toujours la substance vers le haut ?

Or so Bablefish tells me.

Posted by hunter [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 8, 2007 6:15 AM

I think the threat of violence by the lefties was the straw that broke the camel's back. I think it backfired completely. I think the fulfillment of the threat only cements the resolve of the French to not give more power to the socialists, at least for awhile.

Posted by NoDonkey [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 8, 2007 7:15 AM

We should remember that Madame Kerry herself predicted riots if Jon Carry blew the election.

Talk about "Jobs Americans won't do."

Since most of the American left spent the '04 election aftermath drugged up and/or logged onto the Daily Kos from mommy's basement, we were spared the riots.

Posted by NoDonkey [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 8, 2007 7:21 AM

We should remember that Madame Kerry herself predicted riots if Jon Carry blew the election.

Talk about "Jobs Americans won't do."

Since most of the American left spent the '04 election aftermath drugged up and/or logged onto the Daily Kos from mommy's basement, we were spared the riots.