"For three nights, youths have taken to the streets of Firminy to riot over the death, burning local shops, torching dozens of cars and stoning police, despite repeated pleas for calm from the family. Last night the family and 200 locals staged a peaceful sit-down protest outside their block of flats. But later groups of youths began torching buildings and cars and stoning police. The local bakers, chemist, tobacconist and hairdressing salon were razed. Two hundred riot police were brought in to control rioters with teargas and plastic bullets. Six arrests were made. The Benmouna case has reopened France's festering sore - the dire relations between police and youths of immigrant descent on suburban estates..."
It's not that I like to say it - believe it or not - but in Europe muslims almost invariably turn out to do jobs requiring neither big intellectual capabilities neither craftmanship, being handy neither with the gray cells nor with their hands. There is one métier in which they excel though:
And then came Bastille Day, July 14th, the French national holiday. On the eve of that day, those pesky "youths" burned another 500 cars nationwide:
Check out this video and you will see some rather pathetic specimens of the homo frenchiscus, a species well on its way to extinction and in dire need of affordable car insurance premiums:
Truth to be told, that leftist rag Le Monde did some scant reporting on the events, unlike Le Figaro, which considered Carla Bruni's July 14 outfit swap of white Dior to black Chanel of far greater importance:
So what this article says is that basically during the night of 13 to 14 July more than 500 cars were set ablaze. By whom? No one knows. Everyone's clueless. Must be Greys from Zeta Reticuli, pissed off by all that Blue, White and Red. Or US Marines. Belgians. Whatever. Anyway, the first estimation made at 6 o'clock in the morning came to 317 vehicles, 6.7% up from the previous year, when there were only 297. Police nevertheless qualified the night as "relatively calm", although "serious" incidents took place in Val d'Oise, Gonesse, Arnouville, Seine-Saint-Denis, Aulnay-sous-Bois, Tremblay-en-France, and in l'Essonne, in Grigny. The newspaper La Provence signaled incidents in Marseille, more precisely shooting at the police. Etc etc etc. Bon Dieu.
And what do the powers that be think of this all? Special Counselor to French president Sarkozy Henri Guaino decided to take a look himself inside a police van in Montfermeil and subsequently came under attack from a 40-strong gang of those famous "youths". Interviewed later by the blog Rue89, Guaino commented: "that police used plastic bullets to disengage, but not too much, since lavish use would have been suicidal".
And Mr. Guaino's conclusion?
Sit down first.
"Il y a dans nos banlieues une jeunesse formidable que nous sommes en train de perdre."
"We have in our suburbs a formidable youth that we are losing."
Am I crazy or are they crazy? I may be many things. Grumpy? You bet. Bigoted? For sure. Boring? Absolutely. Long-winded? Jawohl. Hateful? Hmmm, I guess I may have become so. But crazy? I didn't think so.
Therefore they must be.