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Subject: French Posters: Help Me Understand of This
anuts    10/6/2007 11:35:07 AM
>>Officials: French youths riot, attack police cars Authorities say group of 30 to 40 also torched a community center<< I remember hearing (and even discussing here) about the mess in 2005. Are we about to witness a redux? Phenomenon? Media over-sensationalizing (always something to consider)? Trend? Should we worry? What's up? Thanks in advance...
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anuts       10/6/2007 11:38:29 AM


Officials: French youths riot, attack police cars

Authorities say group of 30 to 40 also torched a community center" width=140 border=0>
Updated: 5:11 p.m. CT Oct 5, 2007

SAINT-DIZIER, France - Dozens of hooded youths battered two police vehicles with metal bars, set fire to more than a dozen parked cars and torched a community center in northeast France, officials said Friday.

The rampage in a tough neighborhood in Saint-Dizier, about 120 miles east of Paris, revived memories of a wave of car burnings, vandalism and clashes with police in 2005 fanned by feelings of alienation among French youths of Arab and African origin.

Authorities were not sure what sparked the violence by 30-40 youths late Thursday. The trouble began when firefighters escorted by police entered the Vert-Bois neighborhood in response to a fire alarm.

Two injuries were reported. A police officer was treated for cuts from broken glass, and a firefighter was struck in the arm with a metal bar.

“There are always high tensions in this housing project,” said Yves Guillot, the state administrator for the Haute-Marne region.

The youths fled the scene and no arrests were made, officials said.

Riot police were called in and ordered to stay in Saint-Dizier through the weekend. Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie condemned the violence in a visit to the town.

In late 2005, anger over high unemployment and racial inequalities contributed to a three-week wave of rioting across France. Many of those involved were the French-born children of immigrants from former colonies.

Police have little or no control in some housing projects, where they face insults or attack. Firefighters have also been targeted and sometimes need police escorts.

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french stratege       10/6/2007 1:04:34 PM
Third world immigrant youths burned a community center deserved for them.
It happens sometime.
Some were arrested and I guess they have been severly beaten in a police station basement to learn them life.
But it hurts only their community.They will have from their ugly housing a burned structure to see.
In final their own taxes (some works) wil pay for rebuilding.
Who cares?
They stay in ther ghetto and that 's all.
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french stratege       10/6/2007 1:07:32 PM
Some were arrested later.
Happens always.Police do a raid in the night, arrest some individuals well known from police services, humiliate them and often found something to jail them..
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french stratege       10/6/2007 1:17:55 PM
As usual , arrests at dawn when they are sleeping.
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french stratege       10/6/2007 1:21:38 PM
They are less arrogant after few days with the police.
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swhitebull       10/6/2007 5:13:24 PM
Nothing like sugarcoating who "da youts" are again. How about poor [Religion of Peace] jobless, hate-filled punks that want to impose [rhymes with diarrhea, but with a religious attitude] on all their fellow banlieu-inhabitants for starters.
How many cars are going to burn this time?
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Sambation    Ah, Paris...   10/6/2007 5:58:26 PM
A new, post-modern meaning to the "City of Lights."
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