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Weather Forecast for Paris: “The start of a long Eurabian civil war.”

Friday, November 4, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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There is a light rain in Paris at this hour, but the forecast is clear for the rest of the afternoon and evening, as Paris braces for a weekend of rioting.

Depending on what you read, 160 cars, 400 cars, or more than 500 cars were burned last night, along with shootings and other arsons. Some details from the BBC:

In the reported overnight incidents:

Shots are fired at riot police, slightly wounding five officers, police say.

A group of officers are targeted near a synagogue in the Seine-Saint-Denis area of Stains, where a primary school is partially burned.

Police say 519 vehicles were burned and 78 people held in the Paris region, in the worst night of riots so far.

More than 100 firefighters fight a blaze at a carpet warehouse in Aulnay-sous-Bois; another warehouse is also set alight in Le Blanc Mesnil area.

Twenty-seven buses are burned at Trappes depot in Yvelines, west of Paris
Outside Paris, as well as the cars set alight in Dijon, unrest flared in the Rouen area, to the west of Paris, and in the Bouches-du-Rhone region near Marseille in the south.

Here are the accounts from the New York Times and Washington Post. From the Post:

“The peak is now behind us,” Gerard Gaudron, mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois, one of the worst-hit suburbs, told France-Info radio.

Is it? Mark Steyn, from yesterday’s interview:

I’m actually thinking of going to Paris. I went to one of these suburbs that’s currently ablaze three years ago. And what was interesting to me is I had to bribe a taxi driver a considerable amount of money just to take me out there. They’re miserable places. But what was interesting to me is that after that, I then flew on to the Middle East, and I was in Yemen, and a couple of other places. And what was interesting to me was that I found more menace in the suburbs of Paris than I did in some pretty scary places in the Middle East. I mean, there is a real…this, I think, is the start of a long Eurabian civil war we’re witnessing here.

Comprehensive coverage at OutsidetheBeltway. Excellent analysis at The Shadow of the Olive Tree.

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