MEETING HELD

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.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/30/2006 at 02:17 PM
    1. France is the canary in the coal mine. They will quite naturally surrender first.

      Posted by paulris on 2006 10 30 at 02:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. From the story behind the last link: “Riots are caused by police. They think we are all delinquents.” Why would they think a thing like that?

      Posted by paco on 2006 10 30 at 02:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. “We will burn cars and busses and people!  That will show the police we are not delinquents.”

      Posted by Major John on 2006 10 30 at 03:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr de Villepin appealed for witnesses to the Marseille attack and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said the perpetrators would be tracked down and punished.

      A commenter in another thread took issue with my calling Sarkozy an empty suit. I’m still waiting for some evidence that said suit is filled with more than hot air.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 10 30 at 03:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. “some 21,000 cars were burned out and 2,882 attacks on police, fire and ambulance services were recorded
      ONE person convicted and imprisoned
      let’s see now. This year they obviously up the Ante and murder 60 french citizens.
      result – three convistions?

      Posted by davo on 2006 10 30 at 03:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Last fall, my family and I were in Germany for several weeks for my husband’s work.  We had thought about traveling to Paris (please don’t tell my ex-marine dad!), but were scared off by the car-b-ques.  Now I see this season is even worse.  I wonder if this is in the travel brochures?

      Posted by ladcraig on 2006 10 30 at 03:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. The French apparently are not going to fight back because, well, that might trigger a full-blown conflagration, which is what the instigators are aiming for.  But, hey, how many people do you have to burn before you get what you want?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 10 30 at 03:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. The French are like the rest of the zeropeans, they only know how to spend democracy, they don’t know how to earn it because they’ve never had to.
      Well the free lunch is over boys -time to go to work.

      Posted by davo on 2006 10 30 at 03:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’d look for their phlogiston supplies.

      This will also probably put a crimp in the French Zeppelin industry.  You can imagine the security procedures you’d need for passengers.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 10 30 at 04:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Live ammo and depressed triggers.
      Live ammo and depressed triggers.
      Live ammo and depressed triggers.

      A few bursts over their heads and all be quiet.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 10 30 at 05:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. yojimbo:

      Come on, show a little knowledge of history.

      “A whiff of grapeshot” is the appropriate phrase.

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2006 10 30 at 05:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. This follows last year’s Citroen bake-off, which apparently resulted in just one jail term among minors charged (85 prosecuted)

      That’s obviously because they
      1. are protected species
      2. have been failed by society
      3. are misunderstood/outcast/unemployed

      yeah, right.

      Posted by kae on 2006 10 30 at 06:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Given that the Senegal is 94% Muslim, I think it’s safe to assume that the French “youth” have now graduated to that vaunted level of public Muslim violence previously only found outside of Europe, i.e. where the specific targets don’t even matter any longer.

      People have half-seriously suggested building a big wall around the Middle East and just waiting until they’ve all killed each other – maybe that’s an idea that should be explored for a few European cities, as well.

      Posted by PW on 2006 10 30 at 06:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Only one minor in Seine-Saint-Denis was imprisoned out of 85 prosecuted

      And I bet they were Mini Minors.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 30 at 06:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. The French Government should classify rioting as a job – with a stroke of the pen they would halve unemployment.

      Posted by The Prez on 2006 10 30 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. “some 21,000 cars were burned out and 2,882 attacks on police, fire and ambulance services ..”

      You’ve got to admire the sang-froid of the French -all this revolution in their back yard, years of Algerian havoc, and they still blame the Americans in Iraq.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 30 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. 21,000 cars torched in a single year? By rights if the numbers increase much more than that you should be able to see the car-b-q from space. Bad news for google earth users though.

      “Awww crap the Eiffel Tower is wreathed in smoke……again!!!”

      Posted by rbresca on 2006 10 30 at 06:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think Mark Steyn has the definitive line for dealing with this type of activity….

      “Try that in Texas and the guy’ll reach in his glove-box for his gun and blow your head off.”

      Posted by trainer on 2006 10 30 at 07:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. A bit off-topic, but SMH identifies some youths…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 10 30 at 07:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. We had thought about traveling to Paris (please don’t tell my ex-marine dad!), but were scared off by the car-b-ques.  Now I see this season is even worse.  I wonder if this is in the travel brochures?

      “Come see Paris by firelight. Enjoy romance and danger rarely experienced in Western cities. See the works of art in the Louvre while they last. See the graves of Napoleon, Jim Morrison, and Voltaire before they’re declared haram.”

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2006 10 30 at 07:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve heard about this Tourch de France. But I thought it had something to do with bicycles not buses.

      Posted by Arty on 2006 10 30 at 07:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Send in the Foreign Legion. They must be good for something other than helping Hells-B=Allah rearm in Lebo-Land.

      Posted by stats on 2006 10 30 at 07:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. Peter manning (Ex ABC and the chap responsible for getting Biluous Philluous on radio national) has a bitin the Australian today.
      A few alarm bells going off on parts of it.
      “Hilali is an acquaintance of mine. I have seen him visit my Catholic church at St Vincent’s Redfern for an inter-faith service. I said hello to him at demonstrations against the war in Iraq in 2003. And I have seen him in the audience when a Christian Palestinian MP visited Sydney recently to talk about peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. Keysar Trad, his friend, is a friend of mine, too. Keysar and his family are as Australian as meat pie and sauce. Keysar’s sticking like glue to his mate right now, but that can’t last for long.”

      “ The Arab-Israeli war of 1967 (with Israel supported by the US) marks the turning point of humiliation.”

      “Qutb does not have relevance to Australia except in so far as Australia bought the lies of the imperial adventure in Iraq and continues to support the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. Just as terror cannot be conflated with resistance to military occupation, so resistance should not be confused with fundamentalism.”

      Bugger it read the loons article.
      http://tinyurl.com/ykqpgo

      And a little background on the writer.
      http://www.aijac.org.au/review/2004/294/manning.html

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2006 10 30 at 07:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. One conviction out of 85 prosecutions.  Looks like French prosecuters are about as effective as French policemen and French soldiers.  Not very.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2006 10 30 at 07:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. These French “Yoots” of no appearance have a new name: Les Undescribables.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 10 30 at 07:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. This seems like an exceptionally great time to own a car dealership somewhere in the greater Paris metro area.

      Also seems like a great time to consider ramping up automobile production to meet new demand.

      French car companies could employ half of the “youths” to assemble cars (maybe crank out a bus every now and then) while subsidizng the other half to “continue expanding market growth opportunities” by simply carrying on as before.

      Everybody’s happy (except the poor saps who have to buy a car every couple months).

      Posted by Cain on 2006 10 30 at 08:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. What you don’t seem to understand is: its not their fault.  According the the last paragraph in the BBC article:”Community leaders in run-down French suburbs have warned that the factors which played a key part in the riots – high unemployment, racial discrimination and alienation from mainstream society – remain unchanged.”

      Burning cars/buses/people is simply a plea (cri de coeur) to be included in the mainstream.

      Posted by allan on 2006 10 30 at 08:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s spreading even to the noble gentlemen’s game of cricket, if we take commentator Fazeer Mohammed at all seriously:

      Which is why, in the sporting context, if you want to upset the best in the world, sometimes to have to fight fire with an inferno. The opponent strikes a match, you respond by burning down his house. It is an overreaction, but an overreaction with a purpose – to let him know in terms that he can best understand that you’re not taking any foolishness.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 30 at 08:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6 Regarding visiting Paris. Really its a safe city.  The suburbs with the Algerians/Muslims etc are on the outskirts and its just like in the US, the baddies tend to kill each other and burn each other’s cars.  The French on the other hand believe that Americans are having target practice all over the place.

      Posted by allan on 2006 10 30 at 08:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #23 Good post.  Peter Manning is responsible for Adamski’s arrogant view that the publicly-funded ABC nobly fights on the Left as some kind of ‘balance’ to the evilly Right commercial channels.

      More interesting proof of the Leftist-Islamist nexus

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 30 at 08:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. #29 French ordure, Allan: The French on the other hand believe that Americans are having target practice all over the place.

      Don’t the Islamists have some ‘target practice’ in New York, a few other major cities, a few dozen non-Islamic countries??

      No, I guess the French didn’t notice…

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 30 at 08:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. That’s just fucking sick.  I hope they burn the burners.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2006 10 30 at 08:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is so easy; God the French are stupid.

      When the gendarmes catch one of these thugs in the act they simply need to deport their parents back to the shitholes they came from.

      Even if the kids are born citizens, their parents probably aren’t so they would have to go back with them. No criminal charges, no trials, just an armed escort to the apartment to pick up personal belongings, a short trip to the airport and a crowded plane ride back to the place where they can bask in the glorious fruits of the primitive tribal societies of which they appear to be so fond.

      If the French did this, these riots would stop in about a millisecond. Okay, maybe two…

      yours/
      peter.

      Posted by peterjackson on 2006 10 30 at 08:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 Paco, oh, how I hate these rhetorical answers. They are so difficult to figure out. 🙂 irony! Where will it lead us?

      For those who want to follow Europe further into its decline, there is The Gates of Vienna and No-pasaran, both excellent blogs. Also the Brusselles Journal.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 30 at 08:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 Kyda,

      I follow French politics, as far as it is at all interesting. I too await some action from Sarkkozy.

      He tlaks, he doesn’t score.

      Smart money sez: Royal will be next president and the declien continue for another 7 years. Then perhaps Le Pen’s grandaughter will become president.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 30 at 09:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #16 Yes, but it isn’t revolution. It is invasion.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 30 at 09:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19 Rebase, that uis a first, I believe.

      But hey, this man got hassled in Hassell street. Given the historic significance of Parramatta, maybe this is no coincidence.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 30 at 09:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #27 But what the Beeb doesn’t report is that those self-same “community leaders” actually direct the yoots. It’s a shake-down:

      “Nice city you got ‘ere. Be a pity if it got damaged.”

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 10 30 at 09:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Nice Mosque you got there, be a pity if it disapeared”

      Should be the response to the slighest trouble by islamic colonists.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 10 30 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey I know a song about that:

      The roof, the roof,
      the roof is on fire,
      We dont need no water,
      Let the mother fucker burn,
      Burn mother fucker BURN!

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 30 at 10:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. The opponent strikes a match, you respond by burning down his house.

      What’re the odds Fazeer was one of those crying about Israeli ‘disproportionate response’ not so long ago?

      Posted by Achillea on 2006 10 30 at 10:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. #38 – Wimpy, SMH still has some trouble with geographical and historical accuracy – it should read Hassall Street, named after one of our founders and early despoilers of the environment, and pillager of peaceful natives.

      SMH believes Sydney ends at Leichhardt.

      Nah, it’s no coincidence.  Pretty much every street in Parramatta will see a violent crime at some stage.  Today it was Hassall St’s turn…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 10 30 at 11:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. They’ve been watching too much Repo Man [cue scene where punk takes a shotgun blast in a liquor store robbery]:

      “I know a life of crime has led me to this sorry fate, and yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.”

      Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2006 10 30 at 11:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. #23- and the ABC had this cretinous carping commie in charge of fucking news and current affairs???!!??

      Christ on a bike, they wonder where all this misguided talk of bias in public broadcasting comes from.

      What’s worse, now this blithering idiot is indoctinating teaching a whole new generation of hacks, no doubt trying to pass on his own blatant agendas (and probably some genetic material as well, if I know anything about this type of turd).

      Just for the crime inflicting Phatts on the ether and re-inserting his snout in the tax trough should see this dullard beaten to death with books of fruity gyppo pomes.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 10 31 at 01:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #40- last time I was on the gas with Mr Blair in Sydney, we were singing

      Beirut, Beirut, Beirut is on fire….

      Fortunately the pub was relatively free of Hezbollah supporters so we weren’t challenged to debate the validity of Israels unilateral action on its northern border, or repeatedly stabbed.

      Posted by Habib on 2006 10 31 at 01:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #45, It sounds like a good time was had by all.

      Glad to hear you both escaped without any additional ventilation.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 10 31 at 02:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Who you gonna call?
      ….Youthsbusters or Youthstoppers…

      Posted by crash on 2006 10 31 at 03:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. If “hooded” people are burning the buses and at least one passenger,a Senegalese lady then the French cops should allow “hooded” resistance to combat them without-as the Brits do,making them remove their hoods and charging them…
      All the brave gendarmes need to do is sit and watch as the “hooded resistance” stops the bus damaging.

      Posted by crash on 2006 10 31 at 04:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Howabout French Restaurants in Australia leading the charge and expat French who feel strongly about this….SAY SOMETHING to the Press.

      Posted by crash on 2006 10 31 at 04:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Peter Manning: I have seen [Hilali] visit my Catholic church at St Vincent’s Redfern for an inter-faith service…

      So Manning manages to combine Marxism, Catholicism AND Islam.
      I took him for just an old Marxist, but I now fear he’s much more dangerous than that.. – a sort of Universalist Totalitarian?

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 31 at 08:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #17 21,000 cars torched in a single year? By rights if the numbers increase much more than that you should be able to see the car-b-q from space.

      We’ll have to get Lancet researchers and Fisky onto this.  Judging by Iraq numbers, that must be over 250,000 a year
      Does Renault even MAKE that many?

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 10 31 at 08:06 PM • permalink

 

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