Friday, November 25, 2005


Thanks to Axis of Islam, over at the excellent blog, Pedestrian Infidel:

Arson attacks in the Paris region spread across France The wave of arson attacks against cars and schools in impoverished areas of France has subsided for the most part. But the anger among young people of ethnic minority backgrounds has not died down.

On a rundown housing estate in Aulnay-sous-Bois, on the outskirts of Paris, six or seven youths hang around the entrance to a towering block of flats, apparently oblivious to the cold. About 300 metres away is a burned-out garage. A little further is a nursery school building gutted by fire.

The youths are suspicious, but they agree to talk to me. I ask them who is behind the arson attacks.

"It's everyone, all of us together," says one youth, who declines to give his name. "We talk, we talk and if we agree, we do what we have to do." I ask if anyone's organising the violence.

"I live in Sevrans, he lives in Aulnay," he explains, gesturing to a third youth. "Others live in Blanc Mesnil, La Courneuve, Clichy. We have a little meeting. We talk about what we have to do. Afterwards we each go our separate ways."

The immediate reason they give for the violence is the tough policing policy of France's Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. Many teenagers here have already spent time in jail. They say the police are always harassing them, particularly if they leave their neighbourhood.

They say it has got worse under Mr Sarkozy. His name is scrawled on the walls of the suburbs, with insults and obscenities. He called youths like these "rabble" and they want him forced from office. But that's not their only demand.

He brings out a tattered photograph. It shows him holding a gun - not a revolver but a 12-bore shotgun. "We're armed," says Mohamed. "We're well armed and in 2007, if Sarkozy becomes president, we'll have a real war. That's why they didn't want to attack Iraq, because they know if they attack Iraq, there'll be big trouble in France."

"We're going to screw France, and England after that. You know the London attacks? There's one that failed.

"We're with al-Qaeda, you know," says Mohamed.

Thanks for telling us, Mohamed. You just gotta love your enemy when he tells you the truth.