Saturday, July 17, 2010

French Rioting Season Commences

"Youths" were (relatively) quiet in France last summer, although seasonal traditions such as the New Year car-burnings are still well-supported.

Every summer, like King Arthur's men at the feast of Pentecost, the youths await a sign - some strange portent or happening after the schools break up which means that the car-burning season may commence. That sign has now been given :

Karim Boudouda, 27, was one of two men believed to have held up a casino, escaping with more than 20,000 euros (£17,000). He was killed in a shoot-out with police following the robbery. Violence flared after his memorial service. Mr Boudouda, 27, had three previous convictions for armed robbery. The other suspect escaped and is still on the run.

And the season commences :

The incident begun in the early hours of Saturday morning when rampaging youths stoned a tramway and attacked it with baseball bats and iron bars. The gangs then set cars on fire and opened fire against officers. The officers returned fire.

Shooting at the police is fast becoming as integral a part of the season as a flambéed Renault :

Four young men found guilty of shooting at the police during riots on the outskirts of Paris in 2007 were jailed for between three and 15 years early Sunday. Defence lawyers denounced the sentences as “extremely harsh” and claimed that political considerations had influenced the cases.


Ross said...

I wonder if the car burning is connected to the Tour De France, as a means of encouraging them to use alternative means of transport.

Bill said...

3-15 years for attempted murder of a police officer during a riot is "extremely harsh?"


It's like a Monty Python sketch.

Bill said...

Shooting guns with lead bullets, right? Not, like, potatoes or something.

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong, Sgt Troy I'm not, but isn't it about time someone opened up on these youth?

Anonymous said...

They will be MONA probably and so protected game.

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong, Sgt Troy I'm not, but isn't it about time someone opened up on these youth?

No, things will have to get far worse. But how much? How bad do they have to get before the average left/liberal will admit there is a problem and isnt all to do with white racism?

Anything that can fix this is going to be called racism.

Any reasonable measure that might be taken now, is currently unthinkable.

As Laban has pointed out many a time, what we see in France is the gradual slide from unrest to urban warfare.

The former is a police matter, the latter a military one.

JuliaM said...

Interesting to compare the Beeb's article with that of the 'Mail'. Spot the missing word in the former...

Anonymous said...

To follow up JuliaM, beeb and mail, it is noticeable that the Beeb fails to mention that there may have been a rioting problem in France before.

The Mail, OTOH, says:

Many fear the trouble will spread to other towns, as it did in 2005 when the death of two youths in Paris led to rioting and a state of emergency being declared across France.


Anonymous said...

We Muslims are kind to each other and fearsome to our enemies.

Your skinheads could never get away with the way we behave!!!1 1

Laban said...

Anon - you certainly couldn't say that about post-Christian Britons - not our rulers anyway. They prefer to attack us and be kind to our enemies.

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