Is anyone surprised by the recent statement made by French Prime Minister DeVillepin that the RIOTS in France cannot be called REAL riots:
Amanpour: You know, many people, after hurricane Katrina struck the United States said, that it exposed the poverty and racism that exist in the United States. Many people in France said that ? around the world said it. Many people also said that the riots in the ghettos if you like? in the suburbs ?
De Villepin: I am not sure you can call them riots. It?s very different from the situation you have known in 1992 in L.A. for example. You had at that time 54 people that died, and you had 2,000 people wounded. In France during the 2 weeks period of unrest, nobody died in France. So, I think you can?t compare this social unrest with any kind of riots.
Amanpour: What do you call it then?
De Villepin: Social unrest, you have to understand also, there were no guns in the streets. No adults; mostly young people between 12 and 20 ? so it is very special movement.
PARIS A man who was beaten by an attacker while trying to extinguish a trash can fire during riots north of Paris has died of his injuries, becoming the first fatality since the urban unrest started 11 days ago, a police official said Monday. Youths overnight injured three dozen officers and burned more than 1,400 vehicles.
Another example would be when those rascally kids participating in the “special movement” doused the crippled lady and set the bus she in was ablaze. Those poor kids, if they had been employed then this would not have happened.
It’s beyond me how this Country even survives for one day. 3 weeks of RIOTING, thousands of cars destroyed, businesses demolished, and people killed but he wants to call it a “special movement”.
Riot = Riot (n.) c.1225, “debauchery, extravagance, wanton living,” from O.Fr. riote (masc. riot) “dispute, quarrel,” perhaps from Prov. riota, of uncertain origin. Meaning “public disturbance” is first recorded 1390.
One other point, the LA Riots were under control in 4 days. Tell me, how long did those French RIOTS last? This tells you volumes about the French ability to control anything in their country. Maybe these RIOTERS were just trying to find out if the French have a backbone. Guess they got their answer quite quickly.
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Maybe these RIOTERS were just trying to find out if the French have a backbone. Guess they got their answer quite quickly.