Wednesday, November 09, 2005

France Still Burning

There are conflicting reports about what effect the French declaration of a state of emergency and threat of curfews have had on rioters.

The Associated Press reports that:
Rioters ignored the extraordinary security measures, which began Wednesday, as they looted and burned two superstores, set fire to a newspaper office and paralyzed France's second largest city's subway system with a gasoline bomb.
While Agence France Presse headlines their story, "Riots seen fading under French curfew threat":
PARIS (AFP) - Nightly violence flared in riot-hit parts of France but the threat of emergency curfews appeared to have taken the edge off the urban unrest that has gripped the country for almost two weeks.
Based on their recent history, The Dread Pundit Bluto suspects that French citizens will consider it a victory if their leaders don't surrender to the rioters.