Skip to comments.Sarkozy sets the heavy squad on the riots as demonstrations over French pension reforms continue....
Posted on 10/22/2010 6:52:40 AM PDT by EBH
* Marseilles, Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports affected
* Passengers forced to carry their own luggage off planes
* 3,000 of the countrys 12,000 petrol stations have run dry
* Disputes costing country £100million a day
Armed with pump-action shotguns, sidearms and stun grenades the officers look like they belong in a war zone.
In fact they are elite French policemen who were deployed to the historic centre of Lyon yesterday to deal with rioting students.
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President Nicolas Sarkozy took the extreme measure in the face of growing protests against an unpopular law aimed at increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62.
Nicknamed Sarkos Stormtroopers, the GIPN (National Police Intervention Group) faced down 2,000 youngsters in Place Bellecour where cars had been set on fire and shop windows smashed.
The elite unit, whose motto is Cohesion Brings Strength, was set up in 1972 to deal with terrorists and hostage takers.
Deploying them on the streets was a tactical decision deemed necessary because of the acts of violence and vandalism aimed at the community, said an interior ministry spokesman.
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This is what happens when people become accustomed to free fairy skittles from the govt. Start taking them away and tell them to adjust to the realities of life, and they’ll throw fits like toddlers.
British holidaymakers braced for half-term travel chaos as France introduces petrol rationing
Union official Charles Foulard said: The action is a disgrace because it took place in the middle of the night when the number of protesters was relatively small.
Mr Foulard also complained that workers had been requisitioned to help restart operations at Grandpuits.
An emergency decree, known as a requisition, can force strikers to return to work under threat of prosecution if there is a threat to public disorder.
The government is particularly keen to restore the countrys fuel supply before the All Saints school holiday, which starts today, but some 12 refineries remain blockaded, or subject to mass strike action by workers.
As the country plunged further into crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy is due to hold a crisis meeting to deal solely with dwindling fuel supplies.
A spokesman for the Seine-Maritime department prefecture in Normandy said: Rationing is imperative while we deal with this crisis. Otherwise there would not be enough fuel to go round.
Overnight a squad of CRS riot police was used to disperse a crowd of some 200 trade unionists blocking the Total deport in Lespinasses, a suburb of Toulouse
“May I suggest using your nightstick, officers?”
Students who haven’t done one lick of work yet are rioting about raising the pension age from 60 to 62.
Are these the same French police who don’t dare patrol muslim sections of cities?
Notice just how many YOUTH are involved in the rioting? They’ve a long way to go before they get any kind of pension. So, what’s their beef?
Typical anarchist Left machine at work.
Students are rioting.
The Unions are all on strike.
France is falling apart and one quote from the above post indicates the rumors are starting of a 1968(?) style revolt.
We should be taking notes, because we’re going to need to make cuts too. What happens next? Even this morning there is the thread posted that unemployment extension funds have run out and there won’t be anymore. We’ll see about that as the dems can’t let it go unfunded before the elections.
No, these are the elite guys our special forces often work with and train with. They are part police and part military. They are under the MOD if I am not mistaken.
One young lady put it aptly. The extension of the retirement age takes their job opportunities away.
Then if Sarkozy survives this he can send them in to patrol muslim neighborhoods.
To borrow a phrase, The government that has the power to give you everything has the power to take it away too.
We should hold our republican congress which we are about to vote in, on a very, very tight leash. They have exactly two years to behave well, as in cutting spending and doing away with entitlements. My congressman is a great conservative, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to watch what he’s doing and how he is voting. He gets emails from me on a weekly basis. I am watching like a hawk and I suggest everybody else do just the same. We cannot afford one more friggin’ democrap in office.
French students riot for any reason. It’s a sport. There is a long tradition of rioting and aggressive striking that the US doesn’t have.
French truck drivers struck and used their trucks to block traffic last year.
Farmers dumped crops in the city streets.
It’s what they do. US culture is different and our revolt is at the ballot box.
Give them a whiff of grapeshot and see if that changes their attitude.
Cutting the entitlements is going to push a lot of folks over the edge. What they need to do is not only cut the entitlements, but have in place a plan to lead the nation to real recovery. This is where Sarkozy's failure is in that he has the plan to cut, but no articulated plan forward. For all our politicians claiming they will create jobs, they can't. All they can do is lead the horse to water after that it is up to the horse.
The French Government has no real choice but to start knocking heads. Or circle the drain as debt destroys their Nation.
is east point in somalia ???
Does he respond to your emails? Just a suggestion, but I strongly believe that a phone call to a staffer is much more effective.
It’s waaaay easy to hit the Delete button.
Here’s how to bring real control...
1. Expel all foreign students (if only temporarily).
2. Expel all arabs and muslim with visas and passports (if only temporarily).
3. Give the ultimatum that there will be a 24 hour “right of way” to clear the streets. After the 24 hours, anyone on the streets during another 48 hour (or longer) curfew will be shot if they show signs of resistance or assemble in groups.
4. Announce that socialism has failed and Marxism is dead, and the country will begin switching back to a free market society.
5. Announce that the best way people can provide for themselves is to begin bartering with each other, with currency, goods and services.
6. Announce that all goods and services will be taxed at a flat tax rate of no more than 18% for a period of ten to twenty years.
7. Tell people they will have to learn to care for themselves and their families.
8. Ask the people to pray, for deliverance from the evils of socialism.
A conservative government would be PUMMELED by “world opinion” for this. France’s government...not a peep.
Actually a conservative government wouldn't be in this situation.
“...Heres how to bring real control....1 through 8...”
Man, you are a dreamer, aren’t you?!?
“Announce that socialism has failed and Marxism is dead, and the country will begin switching back to a free market society...”
They’ll NEVER do that. It’s the left’s god.
Exactly, this action means the situation in France is beyond serious. We may see a few skirmishes this weekend, but major actions are planned for next week by the Unions.
Sarkozy knows this and is trying to get some level of control NOW, because if the Union threats are real and based on the current action there is little doubt these are empty threats...France will burn like nothing we've seen in the past few years.
I've been posting stuff the last few days as extended news, but I put this in Breaking as it is being grossly under reported. Sarkozy and France are in real, real trouble.
Ah... but the discussion is good to have.
Our Republicans are going to need to put in place “austerity cuts” starting in January.
Unions, particularly the SEIU, have been guests at the White House how often in the past 2 years?
What position did the SEIU president accept in the administration?
Will we be as bad as France? Who knows? I suspect the stalemate between 0bama and the new Congress will bring about the crash. In our case the ‘government’ will be the one that goes on strike. The banks closed, credit stopped, nothing moves. Unlike France where it is the people...here it will be the crash of the government.
And when the dust settles...
We can start over.
What?? But I thought the French were so sophisticated; so enlightened. Could it be the US public school teachers have been feeding us a lot of baloney all along?
This is bullcorn. This is bolshevism straight up. I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t the same thing in Grease. You’ve got professional anarchists and protesters doing what they do best, giving the country a black eye internationally, while most of the people realize that the govt is doing what must be done. Give’m a whiff of the grapeshot, I say.
This is a real showdown. Left vs the State.
You are correct, the US National news is treating these like mere soccer riots....
Yes, I am from Paris and say what a disgrace! So glad I am an American now as the protesters are a bunch of spoiled brats...only problem is they are all grown up!
I leave for Paris on November 2, with a flight from Paris to Venice on November 5. I wonder if I am screwed.
Armed with pump-action shotguns, sidearms and stun grenades the officers look like they belong in a war zone. In fact they are elite French policemen who were deployed to the historic centre of Lyon yesterday to deal with rioting students.Strange that "students" would burn a college to the ground, as they did this week. Whassa mattah? Afraid mummy and dada will find out you're flunking out? Maybe attending classes instead of rioting would have helped.
President Nicolas Sarkozy took the extreme measure in the face of growing protests against an unpopular law aimed at increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62. Nicknamed "Sarko's Stormtroopers", the GIPN (National Police Intervention Group) faced down 2,000 youngsters in Place Bellecour where cars had been set on fire and shop windows smashed.Check out the spin -- Sarkozy's been in office just a few years, and the GIPN?
The elite unit, whose motto is Cohesion Brings Strength, was set up in 1972 to deal with terrorists and hostage takers.
The communists have rioted in France since the 1840’s. The government ought to put a final end to it. The only good anarchist is a dead one.
An opinion poll published Friday by the BVA institute, showed that most French voters back the strikes, by a margin of 69 percent to 29
French Union Calls for ‘Massive’ Strikes Next Week
“The government remains intransigent. We need to continue with massive action as soon as next week,” he said. “We will ask the unions for strong action that will allow people to stop work and go on to the streets.”
The problem wit these people is that most of those organizing this have no long-term plans for France whatsoever.Especially amongst the Socialist crowd and those coming from that most Augustinian district the B-13.
As far as they’re concerned they will loot France and bring it to its knees and they will doing the Anglo-saxon world a favor in the process.The problem with that logic is that there are plenty in the pretty-sphere who will do exactly the same in the States,the UK or Canada.
Again it is it their retirement and they want it now,so they can opt out of life.Which is fine by me but I don’t see why you have to bribe them for them to stay off the streets.
Rioting amongst the youth is because it is a disenfranchised population taught by teachers who again don’t see any kind of future for France.They have a sense of frustration at a society they don’t understand,so they automatically lash out at authority figures.
They’re not going to keep this up forever because the youth will eventually realize they’re being used and there is no actual reward for risking their necks.And most of the union workers are going to realize their putting their jobs at risk.
It is like any street fighting really,you might get some sense of accomplishment from the first few nights of running around like an idiot.I am sure a lot of them see this Anarchy is something more long-term and more friendly and more real then their lives that seem all but pointless.
In real life that doesn’t actually work out.
Thanks EBH. Next-gen won’t back ‘em, not after what’s going to happen. One way or another, either the riots stop, or the whole county will tear itself apart, leaving no one with any kind of retirement. All over a change of two years.
During the Reagan years here in the US, there was a union drive in Europe to force the gov’ts in at least a couple of countries to redefine full-time as 30 hours a week with no net pay cut. The ridiculous claim was, it would boost employment, when obviously the reverse is true.
I don't know if it is the same bunch, but there was a report that in some of the early-days riots, like '68, the capes their police wore had the hems lined with lead. When they swung those things at your head it had the same impact as a club.
Cops in France and Germany don’t give a **** about you - it is - comply or get your head busted by a “matraque d’émeute”
More fun than a soccer match.
French Senate OKs Retirement Reform in Tense Vote
PARIS (AP) The French Senate, pushed into an early vote, approved on Friday a hotly contested bill raising the retirement age to 62, hours after riot police forced the reopening of a strategic refinery to help halt growing fuel shortages amid nationwide strikes and protests.
In tense balloting after 140 hours of debate, the Senate voted 177-153 for the pension reform. The measure is expected to win final formal approval by both houses of parliament next week.
Probably he should have upped the ante a little, move the age up to 65 in order to better match UK and Germany — and to send a message to the rioters, that s- don’t fly no more.
Thanks. I just called my hotel in Paris and they said that the strike will be over by November 3rd. I don’t know if it’s true, but my plans is that by noon on the 3rd I will be celebrating a Republican tsunami while eating a crepe in front of the D’Orsay.
A conservative government would NOT be trying to decrease the cost of having government employees pensions by raising the early retirement age from 60 to 62? I think that is the LEAST that they would do. Or do you think that they would not call out the troops to quell the riots?
Ya... its kinda like loosing weight... if you stick with a few simple principals, ie, eat just a few less calories than is required to sustain your present weight, choose good fats over bad, and slow carbs versus empty carbs, and add a little exercise, viola... you begin to loose weight. Only problem is, we don’t want to give up the yum-yums and we don’t want to exert any more effort than it takes to go from the couch to the fridge.
You can bring things under control... but there’ll be a lot of screaming’, scratching’ and biting... and maybe a few holes in a few heads... but it could be done.