November 2, 2005


Anger Erupts In Paris Suburb After Deaths Of Muslim Boys (Molly Moore, November 2, 2005, Washington Post)

Groups of young men have attacked postal service vans and a police station, and set fire to trash bins during rampages that spread into neighboring suburban towns Tuesday. The French news media reported that about three dozen law enforcement officials and rioters have been injured in the violence.

On Tuesday morning, parking lots and street curbs were littered with hulks of dozens of burned vehicles.

The street fighting less than an hour's subway ride from the heart of Paris has underscored France's failed efforts to stem the growing unrest within a largely Muslim immigrant population that feels disenfranchised and is beset by high unemployment and crime. An estimated 6 million Muslims live in France, many of them in dismal high-rise enclaves like this one.

"It's unemployment, it's pressure -- it just exploded," Bouhout Abderrahmane, 54, who heads the local Muslim Cultural Association, said Tuesday morning, visibly exhausted after an all-night effort to quell the continuing violence in this town.

Many residents were outraged Sunday night when a police tear gas canister was thrown into a local mosque during prayers for Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. An estimated 700 coughing and panicked worshipers ran for the doors.

Residents accused the police of deliberately attacking the mosque. French officials said they were investigating the incident, which occurred during police skirmishes with youths near the place of worship, a white concrete box of a building attached to a small grocery.

In a Europe where the ethnically-pure majority is old and the hated minority young the perpetrators and victims of the Kristallnachts are reversed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2005 8:15 AM

It may not be long before we see this sort of stuff in Detroit and New Jersey.

Posted by: Paul Cella at November 2, 2005 8:30 AM

Why are all these muslims still so mad? Wasn't the ban on yarmulkes, large crosses, and veils in schools supposed to turn them into pussycats?

Posted by: Matt C at November 2, 2005 9:30 AM


Is that a fear or a suppressed hope?

Posted by: ratbert at November 2, 2005 9:30 AM

Paul thinks we're France.

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2005 9:52 AM

yeah, lots of people mistake detroit for paris.
what a shame if rioting muslims were to burn down the charred remmnants of the '68 riots.

Posted by: Kwame Kilpatrick at November 2, 2005 10:04 AM

I left you and dennis a dynamic, new Detroit. Look what you tow have done to it.

P.S. Send ice!

Posted by: Coleman Young at November 2, 2005 10:33 AM

I dunno, if the French catch a tinge of fear they'll pull out the stops and go all brutal on the muslims. The French don't give a rat's rear about world opinion - that's to be used against the hated yankees and rosbifs. Whatever La Belle France does is always correct - even if it involves a rolling artillery barrage through a muslim neighborhood.

Posted by: Mikey at November 2, 2005 12:08 PM


They want to, but would you bet on the French winning that encounter?

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2005 12:11 PM

The French have artillery? Doubtful. They probably have to rent some like they had to rent a couple of helicopters to send to Iraq.

Posted by: tefta at November 2, 2005 1:41 PM

"Muslim Boys", huh? Just like the press always describes the "victims" of the IDF. Hope the froggies enjoyed themselves these last few decades--looks like most of them lost their bet that they'd die before their country imploded.

Posted by: b at November 2, 2005 2:04 PM

OJ - Yes, I would. I wouldn't put a thing past those s.o.b.'s. If they decide they're gonna play a round of "Belgian Congo" look out, they will. And they won't give a whoop what anyone else will say. It will be "an internal matter."

Posted by: Mikey at November 2, 2005 2:35 PM


I agree they'd start it, can they finish it?

Posted by: oj at November 2, 2005 2:50 PM