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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Decline in car-burnings in France; foreign rioters to be deported

482 vehicles burnt in the latest night of violence.

And apparently foreign rioters will be deported, regardless of whether they are legal immigrants or not:
Sarkozy said 120 foreigners, some here legally, had been found guilty of rioting since the unrest began outside Paris on Oct. 27.

''I have asked the prefects to deport them from our national territory without delay, including those who have residency visas,'' he said.


Foreigners convicted of a crime are subject to losing their residence permits, and they are often deported after serving their sentences in French jails.
Sounds like the French will get this under control in the next week or so.

I guess the question now is: will lower-level attacks on property continue in the longer-term? If the riots were planned as part of a campaign of political intimidation then I'd expect further arson attacks, but not at a level high-enough to risk French military intervention.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/10/2005 11:51:00 PM