Witnesses in Aulnay-sous-Bois said three TV journalists -- from France 2 -- were insulted and physically attacked. East of Paris, paramedics responding to a call in Meaux were attacked, and a Molotov cocktail thrown at their ambulance.I have a feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Fox News is still calling these riots, although they are fast attaining the level of outright civil war.
Widespread riots across impoverished areas of France took a malevolent turn in a ninth night of violence, as youths torched an ambulance and stoned medical workers coming to the aid of a sick person. Authorities arrested more than 200 people, an unprecedented sweep since the beginning of the unrest.Only 200 people arrested? Something tells me that this is not going to stop soon.
From Time Magazine,
The rapid spread of the violence showed that it was about more than the death of the two teenagers. Unemployment in many of these communities runs at 30 to 40 percent, even higher among young people. The banlieues are monuments to France's failure to integrate large parts of its Muslim population, despite many of them being from families that have lived in France for two or three generations.Let me get this straight - the immigrants live in France for 2 or 3 generations - but it's still FRANCE'S FAULT that they haven't become wholely French?
Again from Fox News
An attack this week on a woman bus passenger highlighted the savage nature of some of the violence. The woman, in her 50s and on crutches, was doused with an inflammable liquid and set afire after passengers were forced to leave the bus, blocked by burning objects on the road, judicial officials said.Gotta love that traditional immigrant culture - deliberately setting a cripple aflame. More from the same source.
A national police spokesman, Patrick Hamon, said there appeared to be no coordination between gangs in the various riot-hit suburbs. He said, however, that neighborhood youths were communicating between themselves using mobile phone text messaging or e-mails to arrange meeting points and alert each other to police.Isn't this the MOB scene gone guerrilla? USA, take note: in event of an urban uprising, block all cell calls. The troops might want to take this information to heart in Iraq.
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