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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Jacques Chirac To Crack Down on Rioters

French President Chirac say's he's going to crack down on the rioters in Paris and across France. This on a day when a bomb making factory was found in Paris, and 10 officers were injured when the rioters started firing on police, with shotguns and by throwing stones and bottles.

I'd like to think that Mr. Chirac is going to do something tough with these kids. With them now attacking police with guns, bats, pick axes, and other weapons, the police need to get serious.

I'm thinking of running a white flag pool, for when Chirac will give up and turn the country over to the rioters. Any takers?


Blogger Greta (Hooah Wife) said...

Ohhhh.....any day now - but will he sonn beg for our help is the question?

8:51 PM  
Blogger Nedreck Milhunky said...

Whats he gonna do? Withhold their weekly government cheese?

8:52 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Maybe he'll invite his friends from Germany to come help quell the trouble.

9:06 PM  
Blogger SMA said...

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4:28 AM  
Blogger SMA said...

Believe me France has a very strong State and efficient police force. It has become a ritual for these kids to torch a few dozen cars every year during Christmas in North Eastern France, particularly in Strasbourg. This time, they didn't seem to be able to wait that long. By the way, during my four years of residency in Paris, I've never heard continental Europeans making the same kind of remarks on Americans as you do on them. Chirac takes pride in having gone to Harvard "Summer" School, which, in my view, is of little intellectual value. Still, he has posted that on his résumé.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

SMA, you really need to read the Guardian, and other European news, or for that matter, read a few books or articles, here are some links.



As for the car torching and wonderful police, the vehicle count is now nearly 3,000 burned (according to the French press), along with a 55 year old woman burned, a baby injured, and a man killed last night.

Just about 2 months ago wasn't the French Press panning us for Katrina?

From Le Progres:
Katrina has shown that the emperor has no clothes. The world's superpower is powerless when confronted with nature's fury

From Liberation:
Bush had already been slow to react when the World Trade Center collapsed. Four years later, he was no quicker to get the measure of Katrina - a cruel lack of leadership at a time when this second major shock for 21st century America is adding to the crisis of confidence for the world's leading power and to international disorder. As happened with 9/11, the country is displaying its vulnerability to the eyes of the world.

Comments like those are why so many American's are getting a guilty pleasure from watching the goings on in France right now. Seems the Emporer there is running short of trousers also.

4:37 PM  
Blogger SMA said...

Crazy Politico - It's true that the French intelligentsia and press have a long tradition of anti-Americanism. Yet, they are comparatively more sophisticated.

I must admit that there aren't many right-wing newspapers in France, and that I rarely read Liberation.

Even right-of-the-center papers here would appear liberal for Americans. And I guess the WSJ would be labelled as an extreme right press by most French.

The irony is that, as you might've already known, conservatives in Europe are known as liberals. So, the term "liberal" seems pejorative on both sides of the Atlantic for completely different orientations.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Don't worry, the WSJ is considered far right over here, too. Of course, so is anything pro-business.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Count me in!

11:33 PM  

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