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French interior minister vows tough action over riots
Reuters ^ | 11/13/05 | Reuters

Posted on 11/12/2005 9:50:30 PM PST by Pikamax

French interior minister vows tough action over riots 13 Nov 2005 03:45:14 GMT

Source: Reuters

(Adds details of violence and quote, paras 13 and 14)

By Matthew Bigg

PARIS, Nov 13 (Reuters) - France's interior minister pressed home his pledge of tough action including the expulsion of immigrants involved in 17 consecutive nights of unrest by youths protesting harsh police treatment and lack of opportunities.

Youths burned around 300 vehicles and set fire to a nursery school on Saturday night and police fired tear gas to disperse those who attacked cars and stalls in France's second city Lyon earlier in the day in the first violence to hit a city centre.

But the intensity of the violence by disaffected French citizens of Arab and African origin as well as white youths continued to fall from its peak last Sunday.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who introduced emergency measures including curfews on Wednesday, restated a pledge of further action at a meeting of police in central Paris on Saturday night.

"If you want to live in France with a residency permit you have to abide by the laws .... Immigration laws allow expulsions. I am the interior minister and I will apply the law," he said.

Police and witnesses said central Paris remained calm as thousands of police deployed and authorities enforced a ban on gatherings that could provoke trouble during the Armistice holiday weekend marking the end of World War One.

"All those who wish to commit acts of violence will be brought to justice," Sarkozy said.

He has been criticised by the rioters and by politicians for tough language and he was heckled when he inspected security forces on Saturday evening on Paris' elegant Champs Elysees avenue, seen as a possible flashpoint.

But in a poll published in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, 53 percent of those surveyed said they were confident Sarkozy could resolve the problems in impoverished suburbs.

RIVALRY

The worst unrest to hit France in 40 years has given a new twist to rivalries in the run-up to presidential elections in 2007, in which Sarkozy is seen as one of several possible candidates along with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Some 52 percent of the 953 people voted yes for Villepin when asked to say whether each of a list of prominent politicians could solve problems in the suburbs.

President Jacques Chirac, accused of keeping too low a profile during the crisis, polled 29 percent while the leader of the opposition Socialist party Francois Hollande who is another possible candidate for the presidency polled 31.

The number of vehicles burned by 3.30 a.m. (0230 GMT) on Sunday was 285 compared to 380 at the same time the previous night, while 153 people were arrested against 160 at 3.30 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

"What is interesting is the fall in the number of vehicles burned," a police spokesman told Reuters.

In the town of Carpentras, where the nursery school was burned, a burning car was pushed up to an old people's home doing little damage but causing panic among residents, police said.

The previous night two fire bombs were thrown at a mosque in the southern town, sparking condemnation from the president, prime minister and religious groups.

Elsewhere, a member of the riot police force was injured after being hit by a metal ball thrown from an apartment block in a suburb outside Paris, police said.

The violence has sparked a debate, not just on how to restore order but also on social problems in poor suburbs and the integration of immigrants.

Many of those involved say they have been frozen out of the benefits offered by French society and discriminated against because of their racial origin or because they live in grim suburbs outside big towns and cities.

"We must make France a country of diversity and one in which different people are accepted," Azouz Begag, minister delegate for parity and professional equality, told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; insurgency; intifada; jihad; parisriots; quagmire; sarkozy; surrender; terrorism; uprising
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1 posted on 11/12/2005 9:50:31 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Boo!


2 posted on 11/12/2005 9:50:57 PM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: Pikamax

Keep this up for another 2 weeks and we will say tough words again!


3 posted on 11/12/2005 10:01:17 PM PST by GregoTX (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Dallas59
"If you want to live in France with a residency permit you have to abide by the laws .... Immigration laws allow expulsions. I am the interior minister and I will apply the law,"

I don't believe it and neither do the rioters. I understand that all of the rioters are native born. I haven't heard that France can deport Frenchmen. So, are they deporting or exiling?

4 posted on 11/12/2005 10:02:34 PM PST by one more state
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To: GregoTX

We'll know how serious this is by Christmas. If they are burning cars for yule logs.


5 posted on 11/12/2005 10:05:17 PM PST by one more state
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To: one more state
Christmas???? *gasp*

You must mean the Winter Solstice Celebration...
6 posted on 11/12/2005 10:14:44 PM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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"...disaffected French citizens of Arab and African origin as well as white youths..."

gotta luv it...

Day 3,422: Less cars were burned today than the previous day. Rioters were warned that tough action will soon be taken...

French are hopeless...


7 posted on 11/12/2005 10:15:11 PM PST by Left2Right ("Democracy isn't perfect, but other governments are so much worse")
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To: Pikamax
Just for fun write your congressmen and senators telling them not to aid France in anyway with the riots. Let's shut the U.S. embassy down just like we did in Nuevo Laredo.
8 posted on 11/12/2005 10:15:37 PM PST by one more state
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"The previous night two fire bombs were thrown at a mosque in the southern town, sparking condemnation from the president, prime minister and religious groups."

They also burned a few churches during the same night; but, those are cool, since only mosque matter.
9 posted on 11/12/2005 10:17:48 PM PST by ARCADIA (Abuse of power comes as no surprise)
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10 posted on 11/12/2005 10:31:46 PM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: Dallas59

Imagine if the Left cared for the cars...

"Will anyone think of the cars? Just 10 cents a day could save these cars! And remember, without your help, another car will go up in flames."


11 posted on 11/12/2005 10:39:48 PM PST by Simmy2.5 (There are more conspiracies at DU then there are on Coast to Coast AM.)
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To: Pikamax

Talk is cheap.

Cheap enough that even the French can afford it.


12 posted on 11/12/2005 10:50:48 PM PST by Redbob
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"What is interesting is the fall in the number of vehicles burned," a police spokesman told Reuters.

They just ran out of cars to burn. Wait till they enter Paris and the Louvre.


13 posted on 11/12/2005 11:19:20 PM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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The tough action will come when the tourist stop going to
paris and sales are in toilet.


14 posted on 11/12/2005 11:27:37 PM PST by magua
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To: Simmy2.5

LOL ... all right ... LOL ... knock it off ... LOL ...


15 posted on 11/12/2005 11:35:56 PM PST by ROTB (Are you a slave to "freedom"?)
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To: Dallas59

that is without a doubt the most darkly comic graph i have ever seen


19 posted on 11/13/2005 1:07:48 AM PST by modest proposal
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To: Pikamax

Bet they're REALLY scared now.


20 posted on 11/13/2005 1:14:23 AM PST by Lancer_N3502A
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