Sarkozy - We take what we can get

Chances were about nil that France would elect a non-statist. Anyway, the big news from France that I personally have been shocked and troubled by was the Muslim riots that were apparently followed up for the next year by a daily burning of an average of 112 cars. The riots started on October 27 2005, and one year later, on October 21 2006 the Times reported:

The figures are stark. An average of 112 cars a day have been torched across France so far this year and there have been 15 attacks a day on police and emergency services. Nearly 3,000 police officers have been injured in clashes this year. Officers have been badly injured in four ambushes in the Paris outskirts since September. Some police talk of open war with youths who are bent on more than vandalism.

“The thing that has changed over the past month is that they now want to kill us,” said Bruno Beschizza, the leader of Synergie, a union to which 40 per cent of officers belong. Action Police, a hardline union, said: “We are in a civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists.”

Even more troubling are the related phenomenon of the no-go areas. The Times article mentions these without explaining them (presumably because their readers are assumed to already know all about them):

Nicolas Sarkozy, the Interior Minister who hopes to win the presidency next May, has once again taken the offensive, staging raids on the no-go areas and promising no mercy for the thugs who reign there.

Notice the mention of Sarkozy. I'm getting to that. But right now what strikes my attention is the mention of these "no-go areas". When I Google it I get the following description:

An increasingly commonly thing in European cities is the no-go zone. These are places where the police, medical rescue crews, and other government agents will not venture into. The areas are viewed as just too violent and/or risky to enforce rules. Following the rules of ungoverned spaces, anarchy does not reign for long. A group will enforce their own rule set and the no-go zone will become a microstate.

In France no-go zones are referred to as Zones Urbaines Sensibles (Sensitive Urban Zones). Approximately 12 percent of all French in France live in a Sensitive Urban Zone (5 million out of approximately 60 million French)! Some of the zones are governed under Islamic Sharia law. From these no-go zones Islamic militants are waging guerrilla warfare against French police.

That is from a blog, with the usual warnings on credibility; however, the page it cites is in French, so I am quoting the blog.

Anyway, I think that the reason for the high turnout and the support for Sarkozy is that the French are probably about a thousand times as alarmed by this as I am, since they have to live with it.

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I can guarantee that shariah

I can guarantee that shariah is not applied in these places, they would actually be safe if it were the case. They are not anarchist-micro-states at all (which would actually be a good thing) they are just the product of failed socialist policies and are just as bad as some neighborhoods of Detroit, that's about it.
Making this "cités" problem an islamic/immigration related issue is just a trick of the nationalist wing, it's all about the socialists who
a) centrally planned and build these places
b) applied "progressive justice" to multi-recidivists by giving them some creative-social-minded-collective-good tasks instead of jail.

The car burners are Muslims

I cannot force myself to ignore the information I am getting. If you can show that the violent youths have no particular ethnicity or religion, go ahead. Otherwise, I cannot refuse to be aware of what I read.

Yeah some of them, a vast

Yeah some of them, a vast proportion are. So?

No-Go Zones

America has "No-Go" Zones, but you don't see massive amounts of cars going up in flames. When you visit New York, is the first place you visit Harlem? How about DC, do you go to Anacostia? Do you even visit Detroit?
The difference between our No-Go zones and those of other countries is that no matter how much hatred the people that live there have for the outside and the Law, they still respect the fact that they are part of the whole and if something threatens the whole, it threatens them. You can't really tell me that of those thousands of cars burned and dozens of police attacks, that no one knew about them prior to it happening? All of those couldn't be spur of the moment. If people knew they were coming, why not tell someone?
And if a place is too dangerous to go with Police, send in the Army. Hell Ship a hundred thousang gallons of alcohol in there, let them drink themselves silly, and raid the whole damn place...