Skip to comments.French police face 'permanent intifada'
Posted on 10/22/2006 4:34:16 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
French police face 'permanent intifada'
By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 15 minutes ago
On a routine call, three unwitting police officers fell into a trap. A car darted out to block their path, and dozens of hooded youths surged out of the darkness to attack them with stones, bats and tear gas before fleeing. One officer was hospitalized, and no arrests made.
The recent ambush was emblematic of what some officers say has become a near-perpetual and increasingly violent conflict between police and gangs in tough, largely immigrant French neighborhoods that were the scene of a three-week paroxysm of rioting last year.
One small police union claims officers are facing a "permanent intifada." Police injuries have risen in the year since the wave of violence.
National police reported 2,458 cases of violence against officers in the first six months of the year, on pace to top the 4,246 cases recorded for all of 2005 and the 3,842 in 2004. Firefighters and rescue workers have also been targeted and some now receive police escorts in such areas.
On Sunday, a band of about 30 youths, some wearing masks, forced passengers out of a bus in a southern Paris suburb in broad daylight Sunday, set it on fire, then stoned firefighters who came to the rescue, police said. No one was injured. Two people were arrested, one of them a 13-year-old, according to LCI television.
More broadly, worsening violence in France testifies to Europe's growing struggle to integrate its ethnic minorities. Some mainstream European politicians adopting positions previously confined largely to far-right fringes are suggesting that the minorities themselves are not doing enough to adapt to European mores.
In Britain, former Foreign Minister Jack Straw, now leader of the House of Commons,
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If you feed, house, and clothe your enemy while you are fighting them you will probably lose.
Scarcasm? Well maybe....
It's "permanent" only if they allow it to be.
I dunno- that 2005 record looks untouchable unless they put on a real good second effort for the last few months. What's Vegas saying?
Seems to me that France is in the middle of a civil war.
Send them home to Islamistan.
Next will come IED's. Muslims can foul anything anywhere.
You can't get more naive than that. - Tom
These French citizens need to fight back. Teenagers armed with stones should not wield this kind of power over a busload of passengers. You can't always wait for police or firefighters to rescue you from an enemy in your face right now.
""More broadly, worsening violence in France testifies to Europe's growing struggle to integrate its ethnic minorities"
How about they deport the bastards to whatever third world Hell they came from?
Oddly enough, I think England (and France)are starting to get with the program.
Hopefully, we won't be as slow to learn.
The 2,400 number was just the first 6 months. That would extrapolate to more than 4,800 for 2006. The record does not look "safe".
I'm betting common sense and cool heads win the day.
There is a certain point at which, logically and scientifically speaking, one is inexorably led to the conclusion that they just enjoy throwing rocks at and maiming non-Muslims.
Could not imagine that happening in my neighborhood here in Houston......until I thought about the Katrina evacuees who have increased the murder rate about 25%. When you have an understaffed police force, it seems an influx of bad apples can cause problems just about anywhere.
That's not naivete, it's a survival technique brought on by cowardice, aka dhimmitude. And these are the people charged with public protection.
and those stats are worse than as our troops in Iraq. Go figure eh?
It's either submit to your new islamic masters, or...
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