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tonight will be the seventh straight night of riots and car burnings and assaults outside of Paris. so far nearly 300 cars have been torched and 4 instances of gunfire directed at Police and Fire last night.

the media reports it as "disadvantaged youth" who are "feeling discriminated against by French authorities".

one guess where these 'youth' come from...

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you guys prove my point:

in the LA riots was there ONE media outlet that was not reporting it was black on white violence due to anger between the races? that it was race that was the major cause?

here every media outlet refuses to state the truth: these rioters are young and angry Muslims burning down the neighborhoods. now why are the media covering it up until the 7th paragraph of their articles?

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I could paste article after article from the continent and the States where you have to read hundreds of words before seeing "North Africans" in the story...

the reason is they are so PC and don't want to offend the "downtrodden and unassimilated young people" :evil:

maybe France should just end their occupation of Iraq, stop supporting Israel instead of the Palestinians and make friends with Iran- then they would have no problems...

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I haven't seen any cover-up of the identities of the rioters, personally.

The French have earned every moment of this from their national policies. They criticize us publicly for acting imperial in our foreign policy and yet they continue to hold their former African colonies under their thumb. They're a bunch of hypocrites, just like they always have been.

And how long does it take to quell riots anyway? The LA riots which were far more widespread and destructive were basically over with within 48 hours of the National Guard stepping in. Talk about showing your weakness!

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there are tons of links out there now- tonight is the 8th straight night of the French defense of Paris.

Thus beating their previous defense of Paris by about...8 nights.

Of course, this time instead of fighting the German Wermacht they are fighting...other French. So not sure which side will surrender first.

Karma is a real b!-ch...

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there are tons of links out there now- tonight is the 8th straight night of the French defense of Paris.

Thus beating their previous defense of Paris by about...8 nights.

Of course, this time instead of fighting the German Wermacht they are fighting...other French. So not sure which side will surrender first.

Karma is a real b!-ch...

O.K. thanks for that.. where did you get:

the media reports it as "disadvantaged youth" who are "feeling discriminated against by French authorities".

one guess where these 'youth' come from...

This?

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Rioters Attack Trains, Schools and Businesses in the Paris Suburbs

Villepin Urges 'Return to Calm,' but Government Offers No Plan to End Violence

By Molly Moore

Washington Post Foreign Service

Friday, November 4, 2005; A19

PARIS, Nov. 3 -- The street rampage of angry youths continued to expand across immigrant-dominated suburbs of Paris Thursday, with gangs attacking commuter trains, elementary schools and businesses in an eighth night of violence, according to local police officials.

French government leaders met in emergency sessions for a second day but again failed to agree on how to stem the violence.

Rock-throwing gangs attacked two trains linking Paris to Charles de Gaulle Airport, dragging out a conductor and smashing windows. Other attackers torched a car dealership, supermarket and gymnasium in violence in at least nine impoverished towns and communities populated primarily by immigrants and first-generation French citizens. A large percentage of the area's population is Muslim.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/03/AR2005110300337.html

Third paragraph.

Seventh Night of Riots in France By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer

Thu Nov 3, 6:43 AM ET

AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France - France's government faced mounting pressure Thursday as suburban unrest spread, with youths setting fire to a car dealership and public buses in battles with riot police, who reportedly came under gunfire.

Youths rampaged for a seventh straight night, undeterred by the presence of armed riot police. Acts ranging from clashing with police to torching vehicles were reported in at least 10 Paris-region towns.

The riots have highlighted the division between France's big cities and their poor suburbs and frustrations simmering in housing projects to the north and northeast of Paris, heavily populated by North African and Muslim immigrants and their French-born children who struggle with high unemployment, crime and poverty.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051103/ap_on_re_eu/france_rioting_16

Third Paragraph.

November 3, 2005

Chirac Appeals for Calm as Violent Protests Shake Paris's Suburbs

By CRAIG S. SMITH

PARIS, Nov. 2 - President Jacques Chirac appealed for calm on Wednesday after six nights of violence in this city's immigrant-heavy northern suburbs threatened to spiral into a political crisis.

The violence, primarily the burning of cars, began as a protest over the deaths last Thursday of two North African youths who were electrocuted when they jumped over a fence surrounding a high-voltage electrical transformer. Some relatives and witnesses said the youths were running from the police, though the official account said the police were not pursuing them.

But as the car-burning spread from Clichy-sous-Bois, the suburb where the youths died, to neighboring suburbs on Wednesday, the government expressed concern that the incident could ignite broader unrest among frustrated first- and second-generation North African immigrants, who have borne the brunt of France's economic weakness.

"Emotions must quiet down," Mr. Chirac told government ministers on Wednesday, a government spokesman reported.

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has seized control of the government's response from his rival, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, in what appears to be an effort to assuage anger in the country's North African population over Mr. Sarkozy's blunt authoritative style. Mr. Sarkozy, who had raised temperatures with tough remarks this week, did not speak Wednesday at the government's weekly question-and-answer session before the legislature.

Burning cars as a form of protest is not unusual in the largely immigrant, working-class neighborhoods. Unemployment rates there are 30 percent or more, while the national rate is 10 percent. More than 20,000 cars have been set ablaze in France so far this year, according to a government report cited by the newspaper Le Figaro.

The periodic violence highlights France's failure to integrate immigrants into the country's broader society, a problem that has grown in urgency as the unemployment rate climbs. Most of the country's immigrants are housed in government-subsidized apartments on the outskirts of industrial cities. They benefit from generous welfare programs, but the government's failure to provide jobs has created a sense of disenfranchisement among the young. A highly observant form of Islam has grown popular among the mostly Muslim population.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/03/international/europe/03paris.html

Seventh Paragraph.

Okay, I admit it. The New York Times is a liberal newspaper. :rolleyes:

By the way, Fox News is using the AP wire report, so "Muslim" appears in the third paragraph:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174409,00.html

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