Monday, October 30, 2006
French youths—they’re so youthful!—have graduated from burning cars to burning buses to burning people:
The French government is holding an emergency meeting on transport security after youths set a bus ablaze on Saturday, critically injuring a woman.
The attack in the southern city of Marseille left 26-year-old Mama Galledou from Senegal with burns to nearly 70% of her body ...
A group of teenagers reportedly forced open the doors of the vehicle and threw an inflammable liquid inside before fleeing.
About 200 vehicles were set alight in incidents around the country on Saturday, and nearly 50 people were arrested.
CNN reports that in the first six months of 2006, “some 21,000 cars were burned out and 2,882 attacks on police, fire and ambulance services were recorded.” This follows last year’s Citroen bake-off, which apparently resulted in just one jail term among minors charged:
Only one minor in Seine-Saint-Denis was imprisoned out of 85 prosecuted.