First, please understand that there is no excuse or rationalization for the kind of mindless violence gripping Paris over the past week. And I pray for any innocent victims of this hateful behavior.
But come on! How fun is it to see PM de Villepin struggling with this crisi and attempting to resolve the issues by initiating a dialogue with the "youths" engaged in these hateful riots? The smug, superior attitude the French Government has exerted over the rest of the world (especially the Yanks and the Brits) has set them up for ridicule ad justifiable disdain. They should ask Rudy Guiliani for help.
Read this blog for on the scene updates... pardon their French.
iNo Pasaran!"A bus was vandalised and fired on with real bullets in Sarcelles (which is, like, my fave place in the whole world). A supermarket was attacked in Montmagny and an underground parking torched in Persan. In Foug�res, firemen providing first aid in a housing project were trapped in an apartment and pelted with rocks. Their attackers then proceeded to torch the ambulance meant to evacuate the injured party.
In the Paris area other incidents are reported in Aulnay-sous-Bois, Clichy-sous-Bois and Saint-Denis, and in the north of France cars are being burned in Lille.
How's that dialogue thing going Mr. Vilepine? Getting anywhere with that?"
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that if it were not for the efforts of the American Military, Schadenfreude would, in fact, be French for Schadenfreude!