Skip to comments.FRENCH UNABLE TO PUT DOWN INSURRECTION (Incapable?)
Posted on 11/07/2005 5:31:57 AM PST by FerdieMurphy
While American soldiers successfully combat terrorists and insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, a widespread insurgency continues in France's emanating from Islamic migrant areas.
The violence and destruction spread across the country yesterday with more than 900 cars torched in one night. Observers, experts in security and police operations, wonder if the French are capable of putting down this insurrection.
French police initiated a helicopter response and claim they arrested close to 200 Muslim rioters. Police commanders and their superiors say they intend to step up action against rioters responsible for 10 nights of violence.
The destruction has spread to the outskirts of other cities around the country including Toulouse, Rennes, Nantes and Lille were hit by a wave of arson attacks.
Cases of arson were also observed in parts of central Paris. For instance, a Molotov cocktail consumed four vehicles near a major square, Place de la Republique, while six vehicles went up in smoke in another district..
Despite calls for calm, 918 cars were torched yesterday and 897 the previous day. One American national security expert cynically told this writer that he wouldn't be surprised if the Chirac government surrendered to these homegrown insurgents.
"They [the French] just may hold to their reputation for appeasement and surrender," he said.
Seven police surveillance helicopters armed with high-tech cameras hovered above Paris and other locations in the hopes of pursuing and identifying the the mostly young North African and Arab arsonists, who have taken to setting fires then fleeing the scene, frequently on motor bikes.
Special squads of police trained in special operations smashed through doors in a public housing project in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux where they arrested youths who had tossed heavy objects, such as supermarket trolleys, on police and on a heavily traveled road.
Over 2,200 more police officers in riot gear and weaponry were deployed to patrol the streets while over 100 additional firefighters were sent to the Paris region under attack.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who's been the target of a great deal of criticism for calling the rioters "scum" and wishing to take a hardline on the rioters, visited a police command headquarters in southern Paris overnight. During an impromptu press conference he said that the gangs responsible for the violence have become increasingly organized. They have been seen using mobile telephones to relay police movements and internet blogs to urge unrest elsewhere.
Overall, over 550 insurgents have been arrested since the riots began, some of them minors found carrying gasoline bombs.
The violence erupted on October 27 when two teenagers, one an African immigrant and the other an Arab, were electrocuted while hiding in an electrical sub-station after fleeing a routine police identity check. The checks are part of France's homeland security strategy. Some left-wing politicians and groups have accused the French police of "Gestapo" tactics when dealing with Muslims, and they've leveled the old standby accusation so familiar to Americans -- racial profiling.
So far no one has been killed during the civil unrest, according to the French government, but at two civilians have been badly burned by Molotov cocktails. They were a firefighter and a handicapped woman who was deserted on board and unable to get off an ambushed bus. An elderly man is reported to be in a coma after being struck by an attacker in a housing project.
Only if they french kiss the miscreants to death.
"Seven police surveillance helicopters armed with high-tech cameras..."
Better not riot.... We're WATCHING you!
If only the average Frenchman had the "right to bear arms" but they don't...
"two civilians have been badly burned by Molotov cocktails. They were a firefighter and a handicapped woman who was deserted on board and unable to get off an ambushed bus."
Attacking firefighters and handicapped women, but for some reason, they don't deserve to be called "scum."
Rhodesia to Zimbabwe
France to Allahville
I need popcorn. This is fun to watch.
>>>Despite calls for calm, 918 cars were torched yesterday and 897 the previous day. >>>
Yes, isn't this the call for America. Just ask Mr. Saddam really really nicely if he'll not make WMD and bomb his neighbors (or give WMD to muslim thugs who want to bomb America) and he'll just go "OK" and all will be right with the world.
Chirac and the French are learning that there are some cases where talking sweet ain't gonna work.
France is a political member of NATO, maybe Chirac will call Brussels for help. (immeasurable sarcasm!)
'If only the average Frenchman had the "right to bear arms" but they don't...'
French women won't have the right to BARE arms...or heads, within the next year or so.
Question: How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?
Answer: Nobody knows, since it's never been tried.
With what? They're socialists--their government will take care of them.
Throwing cheese isn't a very effective weapon.
This is just more proof that an armed society is a polite society. Remove the citizen's ability to defend themselves and the result is anarchy.
How soon before these thugs are called "patriots", "freedom fighters", and "victim of oppression"?
Time to change the name of France to "Paristan".
Rodney King/LA riots.
When they finally burn down the Louvre or Notre Dame, the press may take notice.
What, the White Flags did not work??
No punishment is too draconian for calling them a name and getting it absolutely right -- and then having them prove you right, into the bargain. Off with his head!
The riots are Chirac's politcal end and I think Sarkosy, if he succeeds in restoring order, will eventually replace Chirac in a new government. The radical Jean Marie le Pen and his anti-immigration group will also benefit from this chaos.
Better not riot.... We're WATCHING you!
I wonder how much quicker this whole mess could be resolved if that sentence had said "armed with large caliber weapons...".
According to who you talk to, Le Pen is bad news, too. He's more like a thirties National Socialist, the way I hear it.
Others please feel free to jump in.
Exactly. The Second Amendment of the US Constitution tells why we will never see anything like this from muslims in the USA. Unless, or until, they reach a "critical mass" that emboldens them. That being said, if we don't take measures to prevent this critical mass from accruing, through immigration limitations and reform, it could happen. Then, all bets are off, but it would become open season on muslims, with no "bag limit"...
French citizens offered to form militias to defend their streets against the hit and run Muzzie arsonists if the Army is not possible. The French authorities were horrified by the offer and told their citizens that civilian militias were unthinkable. The problem is not the French people, it is their government.
I shouldn't laugh, but it's hard not to.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
I honestly do not know who I hate most here. The frogs or the jihadists.
As hard as it is to supress a certain level of schadenfreude, I can't find anything good about the notion of a bunch of Islamic youths burning down Notre Dame Cathedral, or Sacre Coeur, for that matter, should this continue to spread.
The media now can call a Body Count tally in their reporting. I wonder if they will? I know that they love to lead every "IRAQ" story with a Death count.
Yes, I wonder what the French thought they were going to accomplish, getting involved in France in the first place?
Blowback is so predictable.
The French - profiling? Mon dieu!!!
"So far no one has been killed during the civil unrest,"
Announced today at 13.00 hr French time.
A man died after being hit by a rioter. He was in acoma for 2 days.....he dies this morning.
The man tried to quell a fire and was assaulted by a masked thug.
The death of that man is buried in the French press.
The citizens of America, faced with violence in the streets and an inept response by govenment, would do as we have always done: we'll take up arms and end the insurrection ourselves.
And I don't care for most of the newer ones.
Guaran-dam-tee ya they wouldn't get within 12 gauge range of my house!
They don't have any guns.
Boycott until the French turn power over to the muslim majority.
Nice is already over 50% muslim.
"Rodney King/LA riots."
Yeah, but the rioters burned their own neighborhoods, it's called Urban Renewal.
'Attacking firefighters and handicapped women, but for some reason, they don't deserve to be called "scum."'
Who doesn't think the people who did that should be called scum?
Sorry, didn't read the full story. What a bunch of pathetic losers!
Its from HawaiianGecko, he's lurking around somewhere in here
No riots yet.
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