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Rausch
11-03-2005, 05:40 PM
Seventh Night of Riots in France
Thursday, November 03, 2005

French Gov't Closes Paris Squatter Havens
CAULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France France's government faced mounting pressure Thursday as suburban unrest spread, with youths setting fire to a car dealership and public buses in battles with riot police, who reportedly came under gunfire.

Youths rampaged for a seventh straight night, undeterred by the presence of armed riot police. Acts ranging from clashing with police to torching vehicles were reported in at least 10 Paris (search)-region towns.

The riots have highlighted the division between France's big cities and their poor suburbs and frustrations simmering in housing projects to the north and northeast of Paris, heavily populated by North African and Muslim immigrants and their French-born children who struggle with high unemployment, crime and poverty.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (search) called a series of emergency meetings with government officials throughout the day Thursday, including one with Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been accused of inflaming the crisis with his tough talk and police tactics. Sarkozy has called troublemakers "scum" and vowed to "clean out" troubled suburbs.

Minister of Social Cohesion Jean-Louis Borloo said the government had to react "firmly" but added that France must also acknowledge its failure to have dealt with anger simmering in poor suburbs for decades.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174409,00.html

Rain Man
11-03-2005, 05:41 PM
Probably got mad because they only get six weeks of vacation instead of eight.

Raiderhader
11-03-2005, 05:43 PM
Maybe they will wipe each other out.

seclark
11-03-2005, 05:55 PM
chickenshits...they're just trick-r-treaters.
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Cochise
11-03-2005, 05:55 PM
Rumor has it that the French military has been slow to respond due to the fact their vehicles only go in reverse.

AndChiefs
11-03-2005, 06:07 PM
It's really quite impressive they're able to go backwards in their tanks as quick as they do...There's not exactly good rearview mirrors in those things.

mikey23545
11-03-2005, 06:09 PM
<b>Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin called a series of emergency meetings with government officials throughout the day Thursday, including one with Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy...</b>

They're probably getting ready to surrender....

Pants
11-03-2005, 06:11 PM
Rumor has it that the French military has been slow to respond due to the fact their vehicles only go in reverse.

ROFL

ENDelt260
11-03-2005, 06:33 PM
chickenshits...they're just trick-r-treaters.
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That reminds me. Careful trick or treating in Italy.

Boys get gunshots, not treats, for Halloween
Wed Nov 2, 2005 10:04 AM ET169

ROME (Reuters) - Two Italian boys were recovering in hospital on Tuesday after a 70-year-old man shot them with his hunting rifle because he was frightened by their Halloween costumes.

The 14-year-old boys, dressed as demons, had knocked on the man's door during an evening of "trick or treat" near the northern town of Turin and set off a firecracker.

When the door opened, instead of a treat, the man fired four shots at the boys having been scared by the noise and their strange outfits, the news agency ANSA said.

Police arrested the man, who lived alone and was the victim of several robberies, for attempted murder, ANSA said. Police said the boys' lives were not in danger but one risked losing an eye.

The tradition of asking neighbors for sweets or money on Halloween is relatively new to Italy but is gaining popularity.

Source (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=2005-11-02T150433Z_01_EIC254265_RTRUKOC_0_US-ITALY-HALLOWEEN.xml&archived=False)

Rausch
11-08-2005, 11:52 AM
State of Emergency Declared in France
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots Plague Paris Suburbs for Sixth Night
PARIS President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency Tuesday, paving the way for curfews to be imposed on riot-hit cities and towns in an extraordinary measure to halt France's worst civil unrest in decades after 12 nights of violence.

Police, meanwhile, said overnight unrest Monday-Tuesday, while still widespread and destructive, was not as violent as previous nights.

"The intensity of this violence is on the way down," National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said, citing fewer attacks on public buildings and fewer direct clashes between youths and police. He said rioting was reported in 226 towns across France, compared to nearly 300 the night before.

The state-of-emergency decree invoked under a 50-year-old law allows curfews where needed and will become effective at midnight Tuesday, with an initial 12-day limit. Police massively reinforced as the violence has fanned out from its initial flash point in the northeastern suburbs of Paris were expected to enforce the curfews. The army has not been called in.

Nationwide, vandals burned 1,173 cars, compared to 1,408 vehicles Sunday-Monday, police said. A total of 330 people were arrested, down from 395 the night before

Local officials "will be able to impose curfews on the areas where this decision applies," Chirac said at a Cabinet meeting. "It is necessary to accelerate the return to calm."

The recourse to a 1955 state-of-emergency law that dates back to France's war in Algeria was a measure both of the gravity of mayhem that has spread to hundreds of French towns and cities and of the determination of Chirac's sorely tested government to quash it.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said curfew violators could be sentenced to up to two months imprisonment, adding that restoring order "will take time."

"We are facing determined individuals, structured gangs," Villepin told parliament on Tuesday. He vowed that France will "guarantee public order to all of our citizens."

Nationwide, vandals overnight burned 1,173 cars, compared to 1,408 vehicles Sunday to Monday, police said. A total of 330 people were arrested, down from 395 the night before.

The violence erupted on Oct. 27 as a localized riot in a northeast Paris suburb angry over the accidental deaths of two teenagers, of Mauritanian and Tunisian descent, who were electrocuted while hiding from police in a power substation.

It has grown into a nationwide insurrection by disillusioned suburban youths, many French-born children of immigrants from France's former territories like Algeria. France's suburbs have long been neglected and their youth complain of a lack of jobs and widespread discrimination, some of it racial.

The violence claimed its first victim Monday, with the death of a 61-year-old man beaten into a coma last week. Foreign governments have warned tourists to be careful in France. Apparent copycat attacks have spread to Belgium and Germany, where cars were burned. France is using fast-track trials to punish rioters, worrying some human rights campaigners.

The resort to curfews drew immediate criticism from Chirac's political opponents. Former Socialist Prime Minister Laurent Fabius said the emergency measures must be "controlled very, very closely."

Communist Party leader Marie-George Buffet said the decree could enflame rioters. "It could be taken anew as a sort of challenge to carry out more violence," she said.

Rioters in the southern city of Toulouse ordered passengers off a bus, then set it on fire and pelted police with gasoline bombs and rocks. Youths also torched another bus in the northeastern Paris suburb of Stains, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.

Outside Paris in Sevran, a junior high school was set ablaze, while in the suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine youths threw gasoline bombs at a hospital, Hamon said. Nobody was injured.

Rioters also attacked a police station with gasoline bombs in Chenove, in Burgundy's Cote D'Or, Hamon said. A nursery school in Lille-Fives, in northern France, was set on fire, regional officials said.

In terms of material destruction, the unrest is France's worst since World War II. Never has rioting struck so many French cities simultaneously, said security expert Sebastian Roche, a director of research at the state-funded National Center for Scientific Research.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174868,00.html

Donger
11-08-2005, 11:59 AM
Couldn't be happening to a nicer bunch of f*ckwits.

chagrin
11-08-2005, 12:02 PM
This sets a bad precedence:

don't work, don't make money? Go ahead and torch the town, great idea!

Cochise
11-08-2005, 12:03 PM
What do you know, the government ignores it for how long now, and it only gets worse. It's amazing they haven't imploded long before this.

Of course the last time they needed proof that there was a serious problem that required action it came marching through the streets of Paris carrying the German flag ROFL

MOhillbilly
11-08-2005, 12:04 PM
This sets a bad precedence:

don't work, don't make money? Go ahead and torch the town, great idea!

open season!

Cochise
11-08-2005, 12:04 PM
open season!

This does present a great opportunity for target practice on the dregs :p

jspchief
11-08-2005, 12:08 PM
Riots Escalate to New Levels
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots Plague Paris Suburbs for Sixth Night
PARIS
Eyewitness reports described a grisly scene in the streets of Paris this morning. It is reported that an estimated 150 rioters approached a military installment viciously swinging smallish white flags. A riot response team, clad in predominantly yellow, quickly responded, beating back the rioters with larger white flags. The scuffle climaxed with the rioters retreated into an alley that adjoined the alley that police had retreated to. A series of profanity laden discussions ensued, where the young malcontents loudly exclaimed "we give up!" to which authorties responded with "No, we give up!" through their bullhorns. At this point is still unclear who the victor was, but both sides are taking credit for being defeated.

ChiTown
11-08-2005, 12:10 PM
Riots Escalate to New Levels
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots Plague Paris Suburbs for Sixth Night
PARIS
Eyewitness reports described a grisly scene in the streets of Paris this morning. It is reported that an estimated 150 rioters approached a military installment viciously swinging white smallish flags. A riot response team clad in predominantly yellow quickly responded, beating back the rioters with larger white flags. The scuffle climaxed with the rioters retreated into an alley that adjoined the alley that police had retreated to. A series of profanity laden discussions ensued, where the young malcontents loudly exclaimed "we give up!" to which authorties responded with "No, we give up!" through their bullhorns. At this point is still unclear who the victor was, but both sides are taking credit fo being defeated.

ROFL

You missed the part where they were launching croissants (RPC's) at each other...

Cochise
11-08-2005, 12:11 PM
Riots Escalate to New Levels
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots Plague Paris Suburbs for Sixth Night
PARIS
Eyewitness reports described a grisly scene in the streets of Paris this morning. It is reported that an estimated 150 rioters approached a military installment viciously swinging smallish white flags. A riot response team, clad in predominantly yellow, quickly responded, beating back the rioters with larger white flags. The scuffle climaxed with the rioters retreated into an alley that adjoined the alley that police had retreated to. A series of profanity laden discussions ensued, where the young malcontents loudly exclaimed "we give up!" to which authorties responded with "No, we give up!" through their bullhorns. At this point is still unclear who the victor was, but both sides are taking credit for being defeated.

"Police were reportedly preparing to fire breath mints and deodorant to disperse the rioters"

MOhillbilly
11-08-2005, 12:15 PM
This does present a great opportunity for target practice on the dregs :p

heh

StcChief
11-08-2005, 12:25 PM
Let's see the PC froggies get out of this and save face with Muslims.

morphius
11-08-2005, 12:27 PM
I though Denise told me we should strive to be more like the French, I'm so confused.

MOhillbilly
11-08-2005, 12:29 PM
Let's see the PC froggies get out of this and save face with Muslims.

i cant wait till the FFL is called up.

ChiTown
11-08-2005, 12:29 PM
I though Denise told me we should strive to be more like the French, I'm so confused.

She was talking about the more natural look for women. You know, unshaven armpits and legs, terrible body odor, and bad breath. It's the present life she leads......

Cochise
11-08-2005, 12:33 PM
There are peace-loving people rioting in Denmark too, it's not just in Paris.

MOhillbilly
11-08-2005, 12:34 PM
There are peace-loving people rioting in Denmark too, it's not just in Paris.

and germany.

morphius
11-08-2005, 12:35 PM
She was talking about the more natural look for women. You know, unshaven armpits and legs, terrible body odor, and bad breath. It's the present life she leads......
I don't remember a foul smell eminating from her when we met, but then again my sniffer has never worked right...

HarryParatestes
11-08-2005, 01:02 PM
"Police were reportedly preparing to fire breath mints and deodorant to disperse the rioters"




ROFL :p

Inspector
11-08-2005, 01:11 PM
I don't remember a foul smell eminating from her when we met, but then again my sniffer has never worked right...

See? Having a lousy sniffer really does have it's advantages.

Still, to be safe, make sure you stay downwind.

Bwana
11-08-2005, 01:19 PM
Useless fuggen frogs.

morphius
11-08-2005, 01:20 PM
See? Having a lousy sniffer really does have it's advantages.

Still, to be safe, make sure you stay downwind.
downwind? You mean upwind, right?

And yes, it is a great advantage.