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Sarkozy sets the heavy squad on the riots as demonstrations over French pension reforms continue....
Mail Online ^ | 22nd October 2010

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 country’s 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.

(Getty Image, go to link to see photos)

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.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: france; gipn; nicolassarkozy; sarkozy
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To: prairiebreeze

As a matter of fact he does. I send him targeted emails on stuff that I don’t think he develops form emails for. I usually get an extensive, full explanation email back within a week. Pretty impressive.


51 posted on 10/22/2010 4:28:30 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: TSgt

They all appear to be well-fed in the picture. Starvation does not appear to be an imminent threat.


52 posted on 10/22/2010 4:44:36 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I have some relatives that live there their whole lives and one of them is Pricille. She works as a social worker and calls Sarcozy “sarcolovo”. She hates him much like the far left hated Reagan when he cut taxes.


53 posted on 10/22/2010 9:07:28 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: EBH; Fiddlstix
Deploy the rough, tough soldiers of the French Foreign Legion armed with stilettos and garrotes into the streets of Paree. Find Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet for deep-cover spy work. These guys aren't to be fooled with.

After the Commie revolution is squelched, we'll meet at midnight at Rick's Place on the Left Bank for a glass of wine, some zither music.....and a chorus or two of La Marseillaise.

Leni

54 posted on 10/22/2010 9:55:48 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Are any Americans better off than they were 13 trillion dollars ago?)
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To: MinuteGal
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55 posted on 10/22/2010 10:02:41 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: EBH

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56 posted on 10/23/2010 7:22:18 AM PDT by Merovingian
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To: bergmeid

Hmm, interesting. And unusual, I believe,


57 posted on 10/23/2010 11:54:01 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (The Professional Left: Using Your Money to Promote Their Ideology Since the 1930's)
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To: EBH

“Elite French Military Unit” is some sort of oxymoron, isn’t it?
Like “jumob shrimp,” or “military intelligence?”


58 posted on 10/24/2010 6:22:31 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: EBH

“Elite French Military Unit” is some sort of oxymoron, isn’t it?
Like “jumob shrimp,” or “military intelligence?”


59 posted on 10/24/2010 6:22:33 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Eye of Unk
If it's ever really that bad there will be patriotic mutinies in the U.S. military. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
60 posted on 10/25/2010 8:15:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv
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.

Simultaneous with the French protestors, I saw a gaggle of young Germans demonstrating for the same thing at the Sindelfingen (Kreis Stuttgart) town hall.

61 posted on 10/25/2010 11:40:31 AM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Erasmus

There was also one report of a protest in Brooklyn.


62 posted on 10/25/2010 4:05:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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