Skip to comments.Riots expose France's fault lines
Posted on 11/01/2005 7:30:45 PM PST by ncountylee
FRANCE has plunged into a bitter debate over the failure to integrate its large Muslim community after five nights of rioting in a Paris suburb populated by North African immigrants.
As locals mourned the deaths of two teenage boys rumoured to have died last week while being chased by police, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated his vow of zero tolerance against urban violence.
But he stood accused of playing into the hands of the extreme Right and National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen by using words such as "scum" to describe violent youths who made life "impossible" on high-rise council estates such as those in Clichy-sous-Bois.
Muslim leaders from the northeast Paris suburb have released video evidence they claim proves police threw tear-gas grenades into a suburban mosque on Sunday evening.
Worshippers were praying during violent unrest sparked by the death by electrocution of two youths aged 15 and 17 on Thursday evening.
Mr Sarkozy is a presidential aspirant who has made his career on a tough law and order stance. Since the riots, he has angered political leaders from his ruling Centre-Right party to the socialist Left, for engaging in "dangerous demagoguery".
Arnaud Monteborg, the co-founder of the New Socialist Party, said Mr Sarkozy was "poaching the territory of the extreme Right". "We are ... in the 'Sarko circus'," he said.
Minister for the Promotion of Equal Opportunities Azouz Begag even chastised his colleague for the use of language such as "scum" to describe the young people of the suburbs.
"This is about the absolute failure of integration - we don't offer hope," said Jean-Marc Benamou, journalist and author of a book about the Socialist prime minister Francois Mitterrand.
According to the Socialist Party's Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the riots marked "the failure of the politics of Nicolas Sarkozy".
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yahh, like we haven't seen this coming for years now....
Big shocker that muslim riots are starting to happen in France.
Smart move, France.
"the failure to integrate its large muslim community"
Of course, I'm sure, there was no failure of the mulims to integrate into their host country.(sarcasm thingies, just in case)
Starting? They have been going on for years now.
They plan to rule.
I can't believe Sarkozy is French. He is actually attempting to do something about the Islamofacist menace.
He's not - Greek, Hungarian, Jew.
Even more interesting is the Socialists using the muslims to further their politcal objectives.
Talk about overplaying your hand. Makes me wonder about the Socialist Scum packets currently at work in the United States. Radical Islam...Useful Idiots.
JOY!!! lets all go to the sandlands as jews/christians/infidels and integrate with lead and sand,
fair is fair
I wonder if we'll have to bail France out of their Islamofascist mess once these idiots take over their country.
Exactly. They integrate you.
I imagine the Muslims are annoyed to have emigrated thousands of miles only to have to run into another tough ass Jew.
You give up too easily. I'm not giving them France. Don't like French politics, but like to visit their country and damned if I'd be satisfied seeing a bunch of burkhas and towelheads running the place. Can you imagine what the muslims would do to a good wine? Or to Notre Dame? Our graves at Normandy? Pita instead of baguettes? Screw 'em and the camels they rode in on. The French are the French and that's not saying much, but I'm not giving the muslims France just yet.
Whew!! That's a relief.
Looks like we will be saving France again, maybe this time as a part of the War on Terror.
They can PROVE they lobbed tear gas?!?
Well clearly the Mussies are justified in Rioting and lopping off heads... don't be so intolerant.
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