It looks like the riots continued last night in France, with over a thousand police officers deployed to try and quell the unrest. There are some signs that, as in the previous two flare-ups, the riots are spreading to other "disadvantaged" areas in town. And, just as quickly as ever, the traditional meme that these "youths" are somehow rioting because they're discriminated against is already being bandied about, yet it would seem to me that the fact that these "disadvantaged" enclaves even exist suggests that these people are getting more than enough help (in the form of "social welfare") from the government. I'd even go so far to say that they're unemployed in such high proportion because they would rather not work, and collect the resulting welfare payments.
But hey, what do I know?
Finally, the all-knowing Frogman speaks! You'll definitely want to hear what Le Expert has to say. But first, a taste:
Anybody with half an interest for the pathetic doings and wrongdoings of the French political caste(1) will remember then Minister of the Interior(2) Sarkozy's chest-beating promise hurled back at a Paris suburb resident upset with the Summer 2005(3) state of affairs in the occupied Banlieue strip to "clean it all up with a Kärcher", a best-selling German high-pressure hosing appliance, among other well-known tough-talk by the future President of La République.(4)
As always with Sarkozy, this genuine incarnation of the "All style, no substance" motto often attributed to the French at large(5), the cleaning spree never came, and rather than Police forces with high pressure washers, the streets were first flooded with taxpayer funded entertainment centers and sport complexes quickly trashed by the "disaffected youth", lavish subsidies to various acteurs sociaux, leftist NGOs and Islamic associations on the false premises and promises that they would fix things over there, before they had, as it becomes obvious today, to be once again cauterized by torching at the hand of the aforementioned youth, a politically correct shortcut for "Young French Muslims of Mostly Arab and African descent".
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