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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Paris still burning

According to Little Brown's Racists the riots in Paris are still chugging away, with 500 cars burned up last night. They have a heartwarming story from the petite poseurs occupying central Paris who have declared the troubles over and they can forget about the ghettos again,
Our awkward and nervous reaction to those policemen initially struck me as somewhat pitiful—a stinging example of the French bourgeoisie’s intellectual detachment from the riots in the city suburbs. Why were we sitting in this café? Why didn’t we march to Clichy-Sous-Bois, or La Courneuve, or Aulnay-Sous-Bois, where some of the most violent protests were taking place?

But now, with the riots finally winding down, the café culture’s reluctance to engage the riots—its choice of distance (or what the French call recul) seems the right response to the events of the past two weeks.
In other words... "what luck, we ignored the people's popular rising against fascism and intolerance long enough and it went away. Police? I don't see no riot police. Aren't you listening, it's over and the people won, we don't need to go risk life and limb to help our spiritual brothers in the ghetto (thank Christ!). Our, errr, their stashes are safely stowed away from the burnt out cars, vive la revolucion! ... Jacques, what's that smell of burning rubber?" Village Voice, say no more.

Posted by Chefen | 11/12/2005 05:33:00 AM

2 Comments:

Blogger Lucyna said...

Yikes, this reminds me of the descriptions of the French as they were being invaded by the Germans. You'd think they'd get a clue by now.

11/12/2005 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I thought the riots were dying down, but it looks like the French simply arrested over 1000 rioters. Might stay at this intensity as they learn how to strike without getting arrested.

11/12/2005 01:15:00 PM  

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