Paris’s Third Annual Intifada Festival

Villiers-le-Bel, where French immigrant youths have been rioting for two consecutive nights, and Survilliers-Louvres are two suburbs to the north of Paris. They are only 10 kms apart. Last Sunday evening, Anne-Lorraine Schmitt, a 23-year old journalism student, the eldest of five children from a devout Catholic family, was stabbed to death on the RER suburban metro train. The stabbing happened at Survilliers, between the RER stations of Louvres and Fosses. Anne-Lorraine’s body was discovered in the RER terminus at Creil, 25 kms to the north. A few minutes later the French police arrested 43-year old Thierry Dève-Oglou.

According to the French police, Mr. Dève-Oglou “decided to rape the woman when he noticed that the train carriage was empty.” When Anne-Lorraine resisted and tried to escape, he threw himself on her and stabbed her up to 30 times in the chest and face. When the brave young woman fought back, her attacker cut himself in the hand. Mr. Dève-Oglou left the train station at Survilliers-Louvres, but police officers noticed the bleeding man and took him to hospital, where he was arrested. In 1996, Mr. Dève-Oglou had been convicted to five years in jail for a similar sexual assault. That attack happened on the same metro line, but his victim survived.

Today, Le Parisien writes that the suburban metro line (RER) to the north of Paris is generally considered to be dangerous. The French authorities know this, but they fail to protect the citizens. “There are no guards and no surveillance cameras,” a metro employee acknowledges. “After Garges [the train station at Garges-les-Gonesses] there are hardly any passengers left on the train. It is then that the acts of aggression begin,” a regular RER passenger says. This, however, is a fact of life in contemporary France. People accept it. They do not arm themselves with shotguns, but sit on the train, while the state has abandoned them.

Barely three hours before Anne-Lorraine was stabbed, ten kilometres away, in Villiers-le-Bel, two joyriding immigrant youths of 15 and 16 years old, drove their stolen motorcycle at maximum speed into a passing police vehicle. They died on the spot.

According to the police the teenagers ignored traffic rules and crashed into the police vehicle. The motorbike they were riding was unregistered and thus not authorized for use on French roads. Neither of the boys were wearing a helmet as required by law. The relatives and friends of the youths, however, blame the two officers in the vehicle for the death of the boys. They claim the officers left the scene as fast as they could. The public prosecutor has opened an inquiry to probe whether the officers failed to help the teenagers and whether manslaughter charges should be filed. The officers had called rescue services to the scene, but policemen and medics who arrived at the scene where attacked by youths and fled.

Yesterday night, in a second consecutive night of violence, youths attacked police officers and firemen in Villiers-le-Bel and in nearby Sarcelles and Garges-les-Gonesses. In last night’s riots 77 officers got wounded, five of them seriously, including one officer whose shoulder was pierced by a bullet from a shotgun. In addition, 63 cars, a public library, two schools, a bank and a supermarket were torched.

The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, on a state visit in China, has called for calm. Mr. Sarkozy had better stayed at home, however, because October-November is the season of the Annual Intifada Festival in Paris. This tradition began in November 2005, continued in October 2006, and has become a regular event on the French calendar.

Those "youths" again...

There they go again, those, ahem, "youths" are at it again.

As for the suggestion "I ask, how about standing firm on principles and let the police, and army if needed, do their most important job - protecting life, rights and property of civilians ?" The problem with that is that the French Army is now 16% or more composed of "youths". Think about all the implications of that!


Is there anyone out there who can produce a photo of this murdering bastard?

French police toleration must end .

Enough is enough , when rioting starts because 2 Islamic criminals who stole a motor cycle then crash it into a police car , the lunatics have taken over the asylum . So if the French police do not want to risk other riots so that they "go easy" they make a big mistake . Rioters of this ilk respect only one thing ,force , ie force of arms , and if the French police have not got enough 9mm. ammo. to do the job , I can let them have some , free .

They know violence works

Those "youths" know too well from past experiences that their waging violence against spineless government officials and gun-deprived police worked and will continue to work.

But then they don't even have the guts to implement a policy aimed at reducing undesirable elements of the society. And then the population itself is too chicken to demand adequate protection against local terrorists.

They deserve who they voted for, don't they?

Why this obsession with avoiding confrontation ?

"the police has been trying to contain the rioters while trying to avoid at any cost the death of one of these arab youths, which would extend the riots."

I ask, how about standing firm on principles and let the police, and army if needed, do their most important job - protecting life, rights and property of civilians ?

Where would a policy of zero tolerance lead ?

Where will the current policy of surrender lead ?

Which is least desirable ?

What's going through the heads of the politicians responsible ? Duck and cover - hoping it goes away, or that someone else is going to fix it ?


Police trying to avoid another scum's death

During two consecutive nights, the police has been trying to contain the rioters while trying to avoid at any cost the death of one of these arab youths, which would extend the riots. "At any cost" is today 38 wounded police, including 5 seriously wounded, including by gunshots by the scums. If not the body armor that the officers wear, there would have been at least one officer killed. Of course, like for the crime-ridden metro and RER trains, there are few or no cameras in place (and even less know-how about how to exploit the images) and the perpetrators will probably not be found. If found and arrested, the french judges are easy to let the "youths" walk free, arguing that the proofs are too fragile...