Friday, November 04, 2005

Paris erupts

For the past 8 straight nights there have been riots in suburbs around Paris.

It might have something to do with unassimilated North African (muslim) immigrants, but most reports refer to the rioters generically as "youths."

Quick stat--French unemployment for under 28 years olds is 23%. US unemployement is 5.4%, (many economists consider 5% unemployment to be "full employment.")

Housing projects that are predominantly expatriate Muslim communities have been abandoned by French authorites, leaving the local clerics to police themselves.

It is only a matter of time before French police crack down hard on the rioting, I predict this weekend, after the Friday news cycle.


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