Tuesday, November 8

What Took Them So Long?

President Jacques Chirac declared a state of emergency Tuesday, paving the way for curfews to be imposed on riot-hit cities and towns in an extraordinary measure to halt France's worst civil unrest in decades after 12 nights of violence.

Police, meanwhile, said overnight unrest Monday-Tuesday, while still widespread and destructive, was not as violent as previous nights.

"The intensity of this violence is on the way down," National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said, citing fewer attacks on public buildings and fewer direct clashes between youths and police. He said rioting was reported in 226 towns across France, compared to nearly 300 the night before.

They should have squashed this on the first night. Hell, even the then incompetent Mayor of Los Angeles ordered a curfew on the after the first night of the Rodney King inspired riot, and had the National Guard deployed in to the city by the third day.

Hey France... appeasement does not work! You cannot make friends with pirana fish, they will bite the hand that feeds them... to them it is food.

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