None of the news reports allude to the motive or ideological bent of the rioters/attackers, but if you speak media, you know in France “suburbs,” “youths,” “Asians” are all euphemisms for Muslims. Seine-Saint-Denis is a Muslim enclave.
15,000 cops had to be deployed. If that’s not civil war, then what is?
‘Purge’ night riots lead to over 100 arrests in France
More than 100 young people were arrested in the Paris suburbs on Halloween — after messages circulated around social media calling for a “purge” of the police force, according to new reports.
Gangs of masked teens stormed through the city center of Lyon, harassing cops and passersby, smashing store windows and setting trash bins on fire.
In one case, in the deprived Seine-Saint-Denis area north of Paris, youths robbing a grocery store attacked police with acid, according to Denis Jacob of the police union Alternative Police. A sportswear store was also looted.
Authorities needed to use tear gas to control the rioters, reports said.
The chaos was incited by a Snapchat message shared by a 19-year-old man from Grenoble who encouraged others to gang up in neighborhood groups, go out on the street and fight, France 24 English reported.
Though he did not directly mention violence against police, related posts started popping up around social media — some calling on young people to burn everything in sight and attack cops with firecrackers and stones, the station reported.
The riots were inspired by the Hollywood horror film franchise “The Purge,” which depicts a dystopian America where all crime is made legal for one day a year.
“Halloween must remain a celebration,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters on Thursday. “The purge is not a joke, the purge is a threat.”
Although the violence turned out to be less severe than a year ago, 15,000 cops were deployed Wednesday night in anticipation, Castaner said.
Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in France, though the influence of American films and TV series have caused it to become more visible since the late 1990s.
Tugdual Denis, editor in chief of French news outlet Valeurs Actuelles, tweeted a picture of an interview transcript where Gerard Collomb, France’s ex-Interior Minister, predicts France’s dislocation due to immigration.
Here’s the translated interview:
“- It’s really worrying. What I read every morning in police reports reflect a very pessimist situation. Relationships between people are very hard, people don’t want to live together…
– What is the responsibility of immigration?
– Huge. That’s why we’ve tried to change the law with Emmanuel Macron.
– Your law only attacks illegal immigration. The legal law allows the entry of 200,000 people in the territory each year.
– It’s true. We’re doing it step by step. But it’s still a problem.
– Do you think we don’t need immigration in France anymore ?
– You were talking of the “vivre-ensemble” earlier (French expression for multiculturalism). What is happening?
– Communities in France are fighting each other more and more and it’s becoming very violent…
-What are you afraid of? A splitting? A secession?
– Yes, I’m thinking of that, that’s what is worrying me.
– How much time before it’s too late?
– I don’t want to scare people but I think soon.
– How much?
– It’s difficult to estimate but I would say that five years from now, the situation could be irreversible. Yes, we have five, six years to avoid the worst. After…”
Gerard Collomb expressed the same feelings during his leaving ceremony, when he predicted a civil war happening in the near future in France.
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