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In comments: “France is declaring a curfew. I guess after 12 days, Chirac finally finished the French edition of ‘My Pet Goat.’”
- France declares its first night of curfew. All police must be off the streets by dark…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 07 at 09:39 PM • permalink
- I’m disappointed. When I saw the post title, I thought Antony Loewenstein had completed his magnum opus.Posted by Evil Pundit on 2005 11 07 at 09:58 PM • permalink
- You know I thought I would get a fiendish delight in seeing Moslems rioting in France (as long as non-rioters remained unharmed), but with 300 towns and cities now smoldering, my smirk has turned to seething!
As much the anti-Americanism in that country utterly disgusts me, the truth is, I love France! Like I love all democracies. And whether it turns out to be true or not, when I heard on Lateline last night that the rioting had spread to Belgium, I was incensed!
While a memorial was underway in Britain to remember those murdered in July, and a crowd including the Dutch PM remembered the butchered Theo Van Gogh, Islamic youth were on the rampage in France, destroying everything in their path. With all this in mind I couldn’t help recalling comments I read on this site a couple of months ago, predicting a Europe in flames. It didn’t sound so silly to me at the time, and now I guess a great many more people will have to concede that the guy who posted them wasn’t such an “oaf” after all!
- That ‘oaf’ is Mark Steyn one of the most clear-headed, funny and scarily clairvoyant political commentators on the scene.
- Chirac – who did best to prevent the American aggession against Iraq, who rushed to Arafat’s bedside,whose deals with dictators bolstered stability in the Middle East, who helps ‘French youth’ keep up with its mobile phone payments and away from the stress of gainful employment – seems not to be receiving the gratitude of Muslims. He must try harder.
- From the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/11/08/wfran08.xml
Dominique de Villepin, the beleaguered prime minister, announced that officials in riot-hit areas would be authorised to impose late-night curfews “wherever it is necessary” in a bid to halt the disturbances.
He rejected calls by a police union for troops to be sent in but said that 1,500 reservists were being called up and repeated an appeal to parents to keep adolescent rioters off the streets.
Thanks for the suggestions, boys, but if I’m gonna be beleaguered, well, by jingo, you’re gonna be beleaguered.
- I was trying to think of another book in addition to “My Pet Goat” which Chirac could conceiveably have been reading over the last 12 days. I suppose it would be way too much to hope a life of Charles Martel?Posted by Susan Norton on 2005 11 07 at 10:47 PM • permalink
- Night 3, noting that the days were taken off by the rioters, I said that they should annouce a curfew before arson spread to direct violence.
That makes me, what, four times faster-thinking than Chirac, and several million dollars and dozens of injured people smarter? Or just a fascist who is backwards enough to think snuffing localized disturbances have a chance to grow is a sensible policy?Posted by Warmongering Lunatic on 2005 11 07 at 10:48 PM • permalink
- #8 Inurbanus:
Needless to say, Mark’s latest column (recapitulating his previous predictions which are now coming to pass) has already been dismissed as the work of a “right wing ding bat” over in Margolia, where the clocks are permanently set to 1968.
- Your not going to believe this, classified under “Just What France Needs” (thanks to LGF):
“TEHRAN, Nov. 6 (MNA) —— Iran’’s Association of Muslim Journalists (AMJ) issued a statement on Sunday condemning the violation of Muslims’’ civil rights in France and calling on the French government to cooperate with them in establishing a fact-finding commission in order to investigate the conditions of French Muslims. The AMJ said that the mistreatment of Black French Muslims over the past two weeks has deeply influenced Iranian public opinion.”
Having lived in Iran for a number of years (before the advent of the mullahs), I can report that the Iranians are low bigots with respect to Blacks; they make Bull Conner look like a member of the ACLU. As for “public opinion” in Iran, yeh, right. For members of their investigating committee, there are any number of hypocrites in the U.S. who can compete with them in this area, starting with the entire editorial staff of the New York Times, Jimmy Carter, John (I’m a Ketchup hero) Kerry, Michael Moore, Barbara Striesand, George Galloway (who you will sonn find in a U.S. jail).
- I think Chirac must have been reading Proust; you know what a prolix old bounder he was. Ten days of speed-reading might have been necessary to get through one of his books. Though, I have to say, it would have taken a lot less than a riot to give me the excuse I needed to toss his stuff aside.
Incidentally, we all know Lowenstein is the consumate ass; must he continue dressing up as the rear end of same and overdoing the metaphor?
- Reuters is reporting ‘appalling conditions’ in new car showrooms all across France, as thousands of Peugeots and Citroens crowd together in an attempt to avoid a fate worse than rust on the mean streets of Paris.
Horrifying stories are being told of mechanical murder, rape and even parts cannibalism.
Over to you Jim.Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2005 11 07 at 11:54 PM • permalink
- PW #15
Did you read the McKinlay piece at the top of that thread?
Many are former Algerians with French citizenship who came to France in the 1960’s … hoping for a better life and were disappointed, and so their children and grandchildren have long nursed a grudge against the French state which has neglected them so badly. Appalling housing too. The man I spoke to told of flats in which heating was never fixed and so winter was a ordeal… dangerous too as people brought in various kinds of fuel heaters to remedy the problem… corridors lines with dog poo and litter, and dirty streets.
The dog shit in the corridors is also the fault of the French state? The immigrants have had a raw deal granted, but notice the rush to turn them into entirely helpless victims and the blindness to the nanny state attitudes that helped to put them there in the first place.
… the problems, which now will need a great deal of money to remedy… houses, schools, the very nature of the suburbs themselves, which need to be restructured
Seems like the locals have not waited for the government to begin a little ‘restructuring’ of their own. But it will all be up to the mandarins in government and more of the tax money of the guilty middle classes to settle things down again. Give them everything but their dignity and independence.
- Susan Norton — “My Life” by Hillary Clinton…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 11 08 at 12:16 AM • permalink
- My mother is boarding a plane to Paris for a five week holiday with my surrender monkey cousins.
I’m scared. Not for her but for the immigrant youths. Forget the French army and riot police, my mother can clear a whole suburb with her tales of ‘Let me show you how I cleaned the oven today’ and ‘Why marrying your father was the biggest mistake of my life’.
- “Come out with your hands up! On second thought, come out with your hands down so we can tell you apart from us. Resistance is as futile as everything else!”—Sartresky and HutchPosted by Paul Zrimsek on 2005 11 08 at 12:32 AM • permalink
- Wake up Europe, you’ve a war on your hands? Sounds suspiciously like a wet dream, but I guess Steyn’s earnt the right to be smug. Whatever their past mistakes, I wish the French well. As someone noted here earlier, us democracies need to stick together.
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M: the “glaring yellow rectangle” is a simple hover effect. You are the first person in the entire history of this blog to get bothered by this. I suggest you go into your browser settings and set up your own colors, or turn off stylesheets; other than that I can’t really do anything about the extra-sensitive viewer of Tim’s website.
Heminator, when I hover over your name I get this:
Check your profile to make sure I have successfully removed that mess. That’s just plain unattractive.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 11 08 at 12:36 AM • permalink
- The car park in Suresnes is the one that has me worried. I used to live on the border between Suresnes and Puteaux. I’m pretty sure there’s a project in Suresnes, but other than that, it’s not a depressed slum at all. Puteaux’s mostly upper-middle class apartment houses, office buildings, and places to eat.
It’s silly, but when you know a place it’s a lot more depressing.Posted by John Nowak on 2005 11 08 at 12:54 AM • permalink
The communist Mayor of Venissieux, Andre Gerin, warned that the rioting carried the “germs of civil war”.
Who knew that the Paul McGeough disease was spreading? I bet it’s the new bird flu…
Source:Rioters thumb noses at ChiracPosted by Art Vandelay on 2005 11 08 at 02:08 AM • permalink
No souffle for you at that chichi little restaurant in the 17th arrondissement Jean-Marc adores if you keep insulting La Belle France so. Has not M.Chirac said ‘non!’ to the Americaines and held M.Arafat’s hot little hand? What more do our Muslim compatriots – in homes de concrete designed by caring bureaucrats – want?
- My Pet Goat
There’s an opportunity at http://home.att.net/~rhhardin1/goats.jpg
- 15 Following PW’s link to Margolistan, we get Islamapoligist Craig Rowley:
The rioters are not wholly representative of those who feel the brunt of racial/ethnic intolerance and bad economic policy in France. Sure there are plenty of beurs obviously involved, yet there appear to be no beurettes, nor older men and women. Why? Because it is not simply racial/ethnic intolerance and bad economic policy.
So are the Margolians going to swarm all over him for bad-mouthing franco-socialism? Or will they just ignore it? I won’t be staying tuned to find out, because that site gives me a serious headache.Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2005 11 08 at 06:40 PM • permalink
- Chirac no longer has a copy of The Pet Goat. He lent it to bin Laden, who still hasn’t returned it.Posted by Assistant Village Idiot on 2005 11 08 at 11:28 PM • permalink
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