Wednesday, July 15, 2009

France's Burning Barricades: "celebrating" natl holiday

The Daily Beast: "Rioters Burn 317 Cars in France"

This Bastille Day, the French celebrated their country in what is becoming a grim, albeit historically appropriate tradition: riots. Der Spiegel reports that at least 317 cars were torched yesterday in French cities despite the deployment of 10,000 police officers. Bastille-Day-eve violence has become traditional in France as disaffected young men seize the occasion to express anger at unemployment rates and failed policies toward ethnic minorities. The cars torched represented a seven percent increase over last year and police arrested almost double the number of protesters—240—despite a new law that has toughened punishments against rioters. Last night marked the third day of rioting in Lyon, and the second day of unrest in Paris, as people demonstrated against two unrelated incidents of alleged police brutality that took place on July 8. >>>

July 15, 2009

The Brussels Journal: "...Sarko Had Better Bully France’s Thugs"

In my previous post I mentioned that 297 cars had burned during the night of July 13-14. Now it seems that another 295 were torched the following night, making a total of 592 cars destroyed – 150 in Ile-de-France (the Parisian region) and 145 in the provinces. In addition, 98 persons were arrested and 58 were placed in custody in all of France. The figures just for Ile-de-France are 48 arrests and 29 in custody. However the worst crime so far took place in Asnières, in the department of Hauts-de-Seine (Parisian suburbs). TF1 reports: He may lose an eye. On the night of July 13-14, a police commissioner was injured by a pyrotechnical device during a confrontation between young persons and the police. "The wound is extremely serious," according to a police source. (...) >>>

Updated: 16th July 2008

Gallia Watch: "Crime Watch"

Crimes and urban violence go on all the time in France, as in the US. Sometimes there's a respite, but it's usually temporary. This article from Le Parisien, posted at Gaelle Mann describes a confrontation between "young persons" and gendarmes, that took place Saturday night and Sunday morning, in Vitry-le-François (Marne):

"(...) About sixty cars were torched, as well as trash cans, during the outburst in which 50 youth confronted gendarmes and firemen, according to Sylvaine Astic, an official in the office of the prefect. Two firemen, two gendarmes and five residents "not necessarily implicated in the violence," were slightly injured. The fighting broke out around 10:00 p.m. after the death of a young man about 20 years of age, killed by a gunshot in a neighborhood near the boundary of Vitry-le-François, a city of 17,000 inhabitants, 30 kilometers from Châlons-en-Champagne. Madame Astic spoke of "rather violent acts." (...) >>>

Updated: 17th June 2008

Times Online: "France stunned by rioters’ savagery"

(...) Altogether 130 policemen were injured, dozens by shotgun pellets and shells packed with nails that were fired from a homemade bazooka. It prompted talk of urban “guerrilla warfare” being waged on French streets against the forces of law and order.

By the end of the week an extraordinarily heavy police presence in Villiers-le-Bel, where most of the rioting took place, appeared to have halted the violence: on top of public transport strikes and student protests against his reform plans, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, could not afford a repeat of 2005, when a similar incident involving the deaths of two youths provoked the worst French urban unrest in four decades.

Things were so tense in the suburbs, however, that the riots could easily erupt again with the prospect of deaths on either side setting off a much greater explosion and, conceivably, the deployment of the army to keep peace.
“Given the weapons being used, it was lucky that nobody was killed,” said a policeman. Nearby were the charred remains of the local constabulary. The nursery school was burnt down. So was the library.
Rioting two years ago was widely regarded ... >>>

Updated: 2nd Dec. 2007

The Brussels Journal: "The Strategy Behind the Paris Riots"

The endgame of muqawama and the "Civilization-Jihadist Process" is "the erosion of the enemy's resolve". For this reason, as Yaari notes, "the essence is to spill blood, and since that is the case, it is better to focus on the civilian population as the primary target". >>>

- The Project: The Brotherhood's Cultural Conquest of the West

Updated: 1st December 2007

Gallia Watch: "A Doctor's Words"

A blogger named Eric Favereau writing at Libération (a left-wing paper), reports on an unprecedented aspect of the latest riots:He can't get over it. A doctor in the ER of a hospital of Val d'Oise made the rounds to record the total number of injuries from the two nights of rioting in Villiers-le-Bel and the surrounding communities.

"What is amazing is that all the wounded policemen that we admitted were wounded by firearms. I would say 99%. Most of the injuries are not serious, just lead shot (sic!), but nonetheless, we had never seen that before."Another peculiarity, according to this doctor >>>

Gallia Watch: "Three Scenes of Destruction"

Three scenes that give some idea of the magnitude of the two-day spree of violence. (Post includes photo material and link to slide show) >>>

Updated: 29th Nov. 2007

The Brussels Journal: "Are the French Waking Up? (2)"

A quote from the French writer Bernard Antony at his blog, 27 November 2007 [here is an English translation]
The racist scum of this civil war shows no emotion over the murder of Anne-Lorraine [Schmitt].
Anne-Lorraine, a young Frenchwoman, a young Christian woman, was murdered while heroically resisting the monster who was attempting to rape her. This murder did not trigger a single riot. And yet, at the very least, the early release of criminals ought to result in demonstrations in front of the Ministry of Justice.

On the other hand, once again, an accident was the pretext for an anti-police hysteria that saw veritable professionals commit acts of civil war with weapons suitable to the task. […] But now we are all waiting to see what the government of Mr. Sarkozy is going to do to prevent any offense being done to the triumphant scum. […] >>>

pdated: 28th Nov. 2007

The Brussels Journal: "Are the French Waking Up?"

Citizen journalists are on the scene this time, far more than was the case during the previous rioting; now a whole parallel world of reporting is going on, in venues like youtube and dailymotion, and blogs like bafweb and Francois deSouche. The France of 2005/06 was not as wired as the France of today; let's see what difference this might make, as the French news consumers plug in >>>

Updated: 28th Nov. 2007

The Brussels Journal: "Don’t Forget Anne-Lorraine, Monsieur le Président"

A quote from the French journalist Gérard Gachet at his blog, 27 November 2007 [here is an English translation]
In an attempt to calm things down the head of state may meet on Wednesday with the parents of the two dead youths of Villiers-le-Bel. Would it be asking too much of him to make a strong statement ... >>>

Updated: 27th Nov. 2007

The Brussels Journal: "Paris’s Third Annual Intifada Festival"

Villiers-le-Bel, where French immigrant youths have been rioting for two consecutive nights, and Survilliers-Louvres are two suburbs to the north of Paris. They are only 10 kms apart. Last Sunday evening, Anne-Lorraine Schmitt, a 23-year old journalism student, the eldest of five children from a devout Catholic family, was stabbed to death on the RER suburban metro train. (...)

Barely three hours before Anne-Lorraine was stabbed, ten kilometres away, in Villiers-le-Bel, two joyriding immigrant youths of 15 and 16 years old, drove their stolen motorcycle at maximum speed into a passing police vehicle. They died on the spot. (...)

Yesterday night, in a second consecutive night of violence, youths attacked police officers and firemen in Villiers-le-Bel and in nearby Sarcelles and Garges-les-Gonesses. In last night’s riots 77 officers got wounded, five of them seriously, including one officer whose shoulder was pierced by a bullet from a shotgun. In addition, 63 cars, a public library, two schools, a bank and a supermarket were torched.

The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, on a state visit in China, has called for calm. Mr. Sarkozy had better stayed at home, however, because October-November is the season of the Annual Intifada Festival in Paris. This tradition began in November 2005, continued in October 2006, and has become a regular event on the French calendar. >>>

Updated: 27th Nov. 2007

Gallia Watch: "Eruptions Of Violence"

There has been an outbreak of violence in the 95th department of France, Val d'Oise, an area located north and northwest of Paris. Yahoo reports:Two persons on a motorcycle were killed after colliding with a police car on Sunday late in the afternoon in Villiers-le-Bel (Val d'Oise), triggering an eruption of incidents, notably trash can fires and meetings of youths, a police source reported. (...)

France is still marked by the three weeks of rioting that broke out after the deaths of two youths during a police chase in 2005.

Another update: The socialist mayor of Villiers-le-Bel, Didier Vaillant, called for calm on Monday, insisting that "all the facts must be uncovered" on the deaths of two adolescents riding a mini-motor-bike, which struck a police car. (...) >>>

Updated: 26th Nov. 2007

Gallia Watch: "Police Resistance"

Three websites had this item this morning: LIMES, Occidentalis and Google Group Via-Resistancia. Note that LIMES refers to Seine-Saint-Denis as the future French Kosovo. This poster was placed in mailboxes in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, in an effort to remind the residents that unless they support their police, there will be civil war >>>

27th March 2007

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