Ah, Those Crazy “Youths” Of France

‘Tis the Season to be jolly! Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la!

You can tell the Holidays are upon us, as the joyous gallic tradition of the Car-B-Q has returned

Dozens injured in Paris rampage
Rioting youths in Villiers-le-Bel
Rioting youths blamed the French police for the teenagers’ deaths
Youths target police
Nearly 80 French police officers have been injured, six seriously, during a second night of riots by youths in the suburbs of Paris, police unions say.
The police say some officers suffered bullet wounds, while others were hurt by stones, fireworks and petrol bombs thrown at them in Villiers-le-Bel.
The youths said they were avenging the two teenagers killed when their motorcycle hit a police car on Sunday.
A senior union official said the riots had been more intense than in 2005.
The 2005 unrest, sparked by the accidental deaths of two youths, spread from a nearby suburb of Paris to other cities and continued for three weeks, during which more than 10,000 cars were set ablaze and 300 buildings firebombed.

In a bold move squarely aimed re-asserting the Police’s authority and control the head of the national Police Union said, and I quote,

“Our colleagues will not allow themselves to be fired upon indefinitely without responding,” he told the radio station, RTL.

I guess that means if a “youth” takes, say, 10 shots at the cops, well, youths will be youths you know, but if MakmudPierre fires say 30 shots then he’ll get his falafelbaguette taken away lickity-split!
And the reason for these riots?

The youths said they were avenging the two teenagers killed when their motorcycle hit a police car on Sunday.
…The violence happened despite appeals for calm from the families of the two teenagers of Algerian origin whose deaths sparked the violence on Sunday evening.
A state prosecutor has ordered the National Police General Inspectorate (IGPN) – an oversight body – to carry out a detailed inquiry into the circumstances in which the two teenagers – named only as Moushin, 15, and Larami, 16, lost their lives.
Police sources have said that in Sunday’s incident, the motorcycle was going at top speed and was not registered for street use, while the two teenagers were not wearing helmets and had been ignoring traffic rules.

Go figure: ride a motorcycle at high speed, don’t wear a helmet, hit a car…and it’s the Police’s fault you die!

Here We Come A-Car-Oling…

8 Responses to “Ah, Those Crazy “Youths” Of France”

  1. This is why God invented nightsticks.

  2. Oh, to be young again!!

  3. mojo says:

    A “whiff of grapeshot” would clear that right up, methinks.

  4. “grapeshot” – Yes, the classics are often the best.

  5. Gunslinger says:

    That’s pretty much what I’ve come to expect from the country that lost World War Two twice.

  6. Dave E. says:

    So…is it time to amend the old joke to “so the Islamists can riot in the shade”? I hate being too out of date.

  7. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I trust that the French police cars have more reverse gears than forward.

  8. nightfly says:

    Tin soldiers and Sarkozy’s comin’
    We’re finally on our own
    Through Paris I hear the drummin’
    It’s time to cook a Puegot!

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