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France's political crisis grows as 3 million take to streets
The Guardian ^ | 6 April 2006 | Angelique Chrisafis

Posted on 04/05/2006 7:28:31 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher

Police fought running battles with rioters in central Paris last night as youths attacked officers with bangers, bottles and concrete at the end of a mass demonstration against a youth employment law that has caused a political crisis for Jacques Chirac's ruling party.

Trade unionists and student leaders said up to three million people took to the streets across France yesterday - the second time in eight days that the country has seen its biggest street demonstrations in almost 40 years. The protests, including one by hundreds of thousands of students and scholars who marched through central Paris, were mainly peaceful.

They were marked by a carnival atmosphere somewhere between a victory parade for the demonstrators and a funeral march for the "first employment law" as the ruling party prepared to begin negotiating its way out of the crisis.

Police fired teargas in Paris's Place d'Italie last night after groups of students and youths, some from the suburbs, attacked police lines.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloodyfrench; eurabia; frogs; jackchirac; parisriots; riots; screwed; yoots
SCREW THE FROGS!!!

Oops...sorry...the Frogs are screwd!

1 posted on 04/05/2006 7:28:34 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

Amazing to see a whole country come unglued.


2 posted on 04/05/2006 7:29:38 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Laugh all you want down under where you walk (and think?) upside down from us. But try to imagine a semi-serious attempt to reform social security or foo stams in this country. The entire state of Florida, Detroit, Oakland and Houston would be on fire, matey!


3 posted on 04/05/2006 7:32:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

...youths attacked officers with bangers

What a waste of perfectly good bangers...

4 posted on 04/05/2006 7:33:57 PM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Is it a Civil War in France yet?

Oh...I forgot the MSM said that was in Iraq.


5 posted on 04/05/2006 7:34:00 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Katherine Harris is 'In It to Win It' .....Go here: http://www.electharris.org/)
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To: Aussie Dasher
youths attacked officers with bangers

Sausages?

6 posted on 04/05/2006 7:34:36 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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To: Aussie Dasher
3 MILLION demonstrate...

I've never seen a civilized people so dedicated to the concept of not working.

Amazing!

7 posted on 04/05/2006 7:35:14 PM PDT by evad
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To: evad
Man the barricades! To the Bastille!
8 posted on 04/05/2006 7:38:17 PM PDT by RightWhale (Withdraw from the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty)
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To: Aussie Dasher
as youths attacked officers with bangers, bottles and concrete

Dear me, that is a poorly-armed police force.

9 posted on 04/05/2006 7:39:40 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Typical European nuanced response to proposed change.


10 posted on 04/05/2006 7:41:06 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If the political indictment's from Fitz, the jury always acquits.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
This isn't so funny.

France has nuclear weapons. Forget about what happened to the ones missing in the Ukraine. Start worrying about what will happen to the ones left in France when the Muslims take over!

11 posted on 04/05/2006 7:43:32 PM PDT by Gritty (This country has lost control of its borders. No country can do that and survive.-Ronald Reagan)
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To: RightWhale

Perhaps they were spoiled ... oh wait, that was the kippers.


12 posted on 04/05/2006 7:45:04 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If McKinney gets a free slap, then we all should get a free slap)
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To: Aussie Dasher

There was a French version of a Free Republic.com; does anybody know the name of it. I forgot the site name.


13 posted on 04/05/2006 7:45:52 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: diamond6

Liberte Cherie is a like-minded organization over there, trying to fight the union oppression and such.


14 posted on 04/05/2006 7:47:17 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: mvpel

The one I used had a system where it translated to English.


15 posted on 04/05/2006 7:50:39 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion have been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: RightWhale
"Man the barricades!"


16 posted on 04/05/2006 7:57:12 PM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I don't think the Frogs have 3 million bullets rounds in the entire country!





Fix Bayonets!


17 posted on 04/05/2006 7:57:47 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (You don't drive a car looking through the rear view mirror, but you do practice politics that way.)
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To: NCjim
Those bangers don't taste as good as our sausages. I imagine there are infinite varieties of them.

I just don't get it with these French. Haven't said too much, and employees deserve certain protections, but if people are not performing on the job well, an employer ought to be able to get rid of them.

We do have a lot of protected employees in this country, too, especially government workers. It's almost impossible to fire them.

Private sector employers can lay off employees pretty much at will if they aren't unionized. The worst that can happen is that they can get a discrimination suit slapped against them and/or they will have to pey unemployment benefits. That works kind of odd, too. They go back to your previous employer first. You might have quit that job and they still have to pay. If you did not do an adequate job or were a troublemaker, they did not have to pay unemployment if they fired you.

This business with the French has me stymied. Nobody should be guaranteed a job for life if they are not doing a decent job. That's why so many slacked off under communism; there was little incentive to perform well, and it bogged down their whole system.

Most Europeans don't seem to think like we do. I've read some of their comments and they look down their noses at our system. But they get ticked off when we can get consumer items they can't or have to pay a lot more for.

18 posted on 04/05/2006 7:59:56 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Aussie Dasher
The wages of voluntary socialism! Gimme, gimme, gimme!

As I said, go right ahead and feel superior to them Frogs!


19 posted on 04/05/2006 8:00:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Yep! They need no help in this department. The only thing that will change them will be to get taken over by an outside power.


20 posted on 04/05/2006 8:01:45 PM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: Revolting cat!

Let the frogs sink under their Islamic Masters....The Paris runways will feature the latest Burkas :)


21 posted on 04/05/2006 8:12:43 PM PDT by Darth Malice
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To: NCjim; RightWhale

That's what I thought. A sausage to the chops? Very strange!


22 posted on 04/05/2006 8:13:00 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Gritty
Start worrying about what will happen to the ones left in France when the Muslims take over!

Naw, nothing to worry about. The Muslims aren't going to take over, the next government will...be...uh...Socialist...

Uh-oh.

23 posted on 04/05/2006 8:23:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NCjim

Ooooooo, bangers and mash,..yum.

Meat and potatoes, all around the world, the staff of life.


24 posted on 04/05/2006 8:23:50 PM PDT by garyhope (Simplicity is best in everything)
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To: Dog

"....three million people took to the streets..."

Expect this same (or worse) scenario here if we don't expel all illegals immediately.


25 posted on 04/05/2006 8:26:04 PM PDT by panaxanax
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To: Aussie Dasher
youths, some from the suburbs,

Translation: muslims, some from the outlying projects,

26 posted on 04/05/2006 8:35:16 PM PDT by Looking4Truth (Radical Muslims and Illegal immigrants: Too stupid to create so they invade or destroy.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

French Students Take to Streets Over New Employment Law

A new law aimed at reducing youth unemployment (currently 23 percent) by making it easier to hire and fire young workers has sparked an outcry of opposition from the intended beneficiaries. As many as 1.5 million people participated in street demonstrations to protest the “First Job Contract” law passed by Parliament.

Jacques Esse, one of the students leading the protest, denounced the law. “They are trying to take away our leisure and force us into boring jobs,” said Esse. “We need money, not excessive demands on our time.”

Esse contends that forcing young people into the workforce will have anti-democratic impacts. “Who will march in the streets to protest bad laws if everyone has jobs?” asked Esse.

Esse demanded that the government save his generation from a life of meaningless toil. “Our time and our minds should be free to create the new ideas needed for a new millennium,” said Esse. Esse proposed that corporations and the rich be taxed to provide stipends for young intellectuals like himself.

Asked what new ideas for a new millennium he has, Esse responded that his proposed stipends for young intellectuals was just the first of many he was sure would be forthcoming if he isn’t bogged down by a dead-end job and has the time to work on them.

read more at...

http://www.azconservative.org/Column_Archives.htm


27 posted on 04/05/2006 8:50:21 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: Aussie Dasher
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28 posted on 04/05/2006 8:53:02 PM PDT by loveitor.. ("I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Aussie Dasher
up to three million people took to the streets across France yesterday

WTH. Doesn't anyone work any more.

29 posted on 04/05/2006 8:56:07 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Where is everyone going to the bathroom?OOOOPPPS,sorry,dumb question!


30 posted on 04/05/2006 9:04:31 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: Aussie Dasher
Police fought running battles with rioters in central Paris last night as youths attacked officers

The Police have probably surrendered by now...

31 posted on 04/05/2006 9:32:37 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: Looking4Truth
youths, some from the suburbs,

Translation: muslims, some from the outlying projects,

I see you speak the language. Well done. Spot on.

32 posted on 04/05/2006 9:43:12 PM PDT by LikeLight
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To: Aussie Dasher
Let me see, a boatload of French muslim kids riot and burn thousands of cars. Then they get the ol' Cartoon Protest riots. Now they get the "What? No guaranteed jobs???" riots.

While I don't subscribe the the "broken window" economic theory, there should be plenty of short-term post-riot cleanup jobs available, right?

33 posted on 04/05/2006 11:27:04 PM PDT by boycottliberalhollywood.com (www.boycottliberalhollywood.com - www.twoamericas.us)
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To: xarmydog
Where is everyone going to the bathroom?OOOOPPPS,sorry,dumb question!

The French Sh!t in their pants.

34 posted on 04/05/2006 11:31:42 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The more they have, the more they want. Ingrates.

It will happen here if President Bush doesn't get serious about illegal immigrants.

***Responsible Americans can help prevent this movement in America by volunteering for or starting Literacy programs in their community.***

Volunteering to teach English provides an opportunity to teach about America at the same time. It is the parents of these youth or need to assimilate. If they can communicate with teachers and community leaders, then there is a better chance that they can undo the harm that public schools are doing to their children.

Sign up to teach ESL today!


35 posted on 04/06/2006 4:18:11 AM PDT by demoRat watcher (Keeper of the Anthropocentrism Ping List)
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To: Aussie Dasher; All
I am adding news of these new riots to this original "Car-B-Q" riots post:

Is Paris Burning? ( Religion of Peace® Alert )
Click the picture:



36 posted on 04/06/2006 4:40:39 AM PDT by backhoe (The Silence of the Tom's ( Tired Old Media... ))
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To: Revolting cat!

The amount of them food stamps we giv eout is down.

Fewer people on the dole than most any other first world country except Japan.


37 posted on 04/06/2006 5:16:30 AM PDT by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"Let them eat cake"...worked in their past.


38 posted on 04/06/2006 5:29:08 AM PDT by RetSignman (( HELP...I'm trapped between these curved things))
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To: Aussie Dasher

The French are revolting.


39 posted on 04/06/2006 5:30:08 AM PDT by Drango (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: John Semmens
You're kidding, right?

I mean that post had to come from The Onion.

L

40 posted on 04/06/2006 5:31:33 AM PDT by Lurker (In God I trust. Everyone else shows me their hands.)
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To: NCjim

I thought they "Mashed" them with "Bangers"!


41 posted on 04/06/2006 5:32:46 AM PDT by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: Drango

.....The French are revolting.....

Strictly speaking, the government is revolting by proposing change. The French populationshas gone to the streets to prevent the revolutionary change.


42 posted on 04/06/2006 5:45:33 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: John Semmens
I really wonder of Mr. Esse wasn't pulling the correspondents leg. His remarks sound like a Monty Python script. The sheer absurdity of what he is saying sounds like satire. If it's not people are even crazier than I thought. But then Us schools are now banning camouflage pants less they offend illegal immigrants as such items are a symbol of (shudder) 'patriotism'.
43 posted on 04/06/2006 7:13:35 AM PDT by robowombat
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To: MinorityRepublican

I can just imagine.I leave a French restaurant,overpriced,the service is lousy,and full of frog legs,caviar.and snails with a fancy name.I walk out into a throng of 3 million.and then it hits you.You get the sudden urge to use the bathroom.[not #1 but #2]What would you do?But,like you said,when in Rome,etc.Yec!


44 posted on 04/06/2006 7:23:40 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: xarmydog

The only alternative is to buy Depends.


45 posted on 04/06/2006 7:46:35 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican (everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Great thought!But it would 'depend'on what brand to use.I would go for the french ones as they start at an earlier age,therefore,they have the design down pat!


46 posted on 04/06/2006 8:17:31 AM PDT by xarmydog
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To: Aussie Dasher

The French just can't address their minority problems.

Gloat, gloat.


47 posted on 04/06/2006 8:34:01 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
See what happens when you try to "compromise". there's a
lesson for us here with reference to dealing with illegal
border crossers.
48 posted on 04/06/2006 8:48:52 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Gritty
"France has nuclear weapons. Forget about what happened to the ones missing in the Ukraine. Start worrying about what will happen to the ones left in France when the Muslims take over!"

Didn't the propeller fall off of their sole aircraft carrier or something like that...last year. If that's any clue as to how their nukes work...it's all the better.

Their self immolation will be something I wouldn't want to miss.
49 posted on 04/06/2006 3:27:14 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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