Looking Like A Civil War, Muslim Riots Continue Throughout France

October 30, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - 46 were arrested in the Southern French port city of Marseille on Saturday evening as what are euphemistically described as "immigrant youth" gangs roamed the streets virtually uncontested while tossing Molotov cocktails, looting and torching cars.

In this weekend's flare up nearly 300 vehicles were incinerated and a young woman suffered life threatening burns as the bus she was riding on was fire bombed.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered riot police into the city to protect against further lawlessness, though Marseilles' bus drivers are expressing skepticism at the limited nature of the government's response, refusing to return to work believing conditions are still too unsafe.

Similar violence has flared in other Paris suburbs all of which lends itself to a feeling of dread that last year's street warfare [starting in Clichy-sous-Bois on Oct. 27, 2005 with the accidental electrocution death of two Muslim youths] might well be revisited.

What has largely gone unreported however is that the African & Arab Muslim immigrant neighborhoods in which the violence is originating are considered "no-go" areas by the police and that even under the best of circumstances nearly 100 cars are torched in cities like Marseilles every single night indicating an intractable problem for the society in general.

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