Tim Blair Passes On Gunshots In Francistan.
HT to Tim Blair Reports of the rioters in Francistan attacking police with firearms.
Reuters passes on this report:
Ten policemen were injured, two of them seriously, when a group of youths fired at police with shotguns in Grigny, south of Paris, police said. One officer was treated with lead shot wounds to the throat, another suffered injuries to one leg.
"They really shot at officers. This is real, serious violence. It's not like the previous nights. I am very concerned because this is mounting," one police officer said.
Interesting. Its been Eleven nights and Chirac and de Villipen still have no plan. Nevermind, their plan is probably to ask the rioters if they want 104 weeks of vacation per year.
That unfortunate police officer. I really feel for him as the French leadership is dithering about like the left imagined President Bush to be dithering after Katrina. Reports have it a certain minister is starting to gain influence.
Apparently there is one person in the Francistani government who can see what is going on and his name is Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Fall of France
From the desk of Paul Belien on Sat, 2005-11-05 13:41
If Nicolas Sarkozy had been allowed to have his way, he could have saved France. Last Summer the outspoken minister of the Interior was France's most popular politician with his promise to restore the law of the Republic in the various virtually self-ruling immigrant areas surrounding the major French cities.
These areas, which some compare to the "millet" system of the former Ottoman Empire, where each religious community (millet) conducted its own social and cultural life in its own neighbourhoods, exist not only in France, but also in Muslim neighbourhoods in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and other countries. ...
The experience of his youth has made Sarkozy ... virtually the only one who understands what second generation immigrants really need if they want to build a future. More important than the so-called "social benefits" - the government alms provided by welfare politicians like Chirac, Villepin and their predecessors - is the provision of law and order. This guarantees that those who create wealth do not lose it to thugs who extort and rob and burn down their properties.
Sarkozy's decision to send the police back to the suburbs which had been abandoned by previous governments ... would lead to riots was inevitable. Sarkozy knew it, and so did Chirac, Villepin and the others. ...
What happened instead was that Sarkozy's "colleagues" in government used the riots as an excuse .... Bringing down ... Sarkozy ... was told to shut up ... Villepin began a "dialogue" with the rioters. As a result the riots have spilled over from Paris to other French cities. Do not be surprised if this French epidemic soon crosses France's borders ...
As for Sarkozy, the best thing this immigrant son can do is to resign and make a bid for the 2007 presidential elections ... But this could soon change if he remains a member of a Villepin government which is clearly unwilling to abolish the current "millet" system.
Watch this Sarkozy fellow will he be the Churchill of this war?
It is not a given, as you can see from Mr. Belien's blog Mr. Sarkozy is under serious political attack from the de Villepin and Chiracs of Francistan. However much all of us joke about Cheese eating surrender monkeys (myself included) don't count the French out. The question is does the left win, or a xenophobic right, or a right that demands France be France instead of Francistan? The xenophobic politician Le Pen's popularity indicates the French public may have been closer to the end of their tolerance than many of us think.
The question then becomes which right? A right rooted in xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and anti-Americanism but otherwise no different from the current Socialists in power; or a right based on a liberal philosophy?
I have not heard anything from Le Pen in all of this, I wonder what he is saying.