France in Flames: Racial Unrest Sparks Riots
Paris and suburbs rocked with violence after report of police brutality
Americans distracted by the media surrounding the resignation of National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may not have noticed that the forces of multiculturalism and mass migration are currently tearing France apart.
Paris and surrounding suburbs have been engulfed by religion- and race-fueled riots since last week, as scores of migrants and French citizens of North African and Arab descent take to the streets following a reported incident of police brutality against a black man on Feb. 2.
“The police had to intervene to rescue a young child in a burning vehicle”
Numerous videos have emerged revealing scenes of pure mayhem; burning cars and trash, mobs of hooded rioters destroying private property, and even a group of police retreating from rioters.
In Boligny, France, on Saturday, roughly 2,000 rioters clashed with riot police. Rioters threw projectiles at police and caused extensive damage to nearby property and vehicles.
An official statement by Paris police blamed “several hundred violent and very mobile individuals” for “acts of violence and damage.”
Police reported that rioters damaged at least two businesses, burned four cars as well as a number of trash cans, and nearly killed a child. “The police had to intervene to rescue a young child in a burning vehicle,” the police statement said.
On Wednesday, the South Korean embassy issued a travel warning following an attack on a busload of Korean tourists in Paris’ heavily North African Saint-Denis suburb.
“South Korean tourists had taken a bus after a visit to the Eiffel Tower and were on their way to Saint-Denis, the location of their hotel,” said a spokesman for Seoul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in an official statement.
“Individuals suddenly boarded the coach and snatched the tourists’ Eurostar tickets, which were being kept by the tour guide, whose passport was also taken,” he said. “People visiting and staying in France should refrain from visiting the area around Saint-Denis,” the Korean government has warned.
Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate and leader of the right-wing, populist Front National, called the riots and the inability of authorities to quell them “a disgrace for France abroad” in an official statement.
Le Pen blasted the government for displaying a “silence that reflects both its cowardice and its impotence” in the face of the unrest.
The riots are a reaction to what is now known as “L’affaire Théo.” During the course of an arrest, a young black man was sodomized with a police baton and needed significant medical attention. The officer claimed the act was unintentional, while the man, Théo, maintained it was otherwise.
Protests and demonstrations began the very night news of the incident was reported, but by Saturday any semblance of peaceful protest had been shattered completely.
The riots — and the socialist government's weak-kneed response — is expected to increase Le Pen's growing popularity. She has emerged among all of her opponents as the lone unequivocal supporter of French law enforcement.
"Security is not a privilege but a fundamental right that must be restored for all French people," Le Pen said. "In this context, I also renew my unfailing support for law enforcement agencies facing extreme violence in the total indifference of the government."