The French intifada may not be making the headlines in the United States anymore, but it hasn’t stopped. If anything, the violence in the banlieues of Paris is getting even worse. The Telegraph has more on what’s being called a “civil war” within the suburbs of Paris:
As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers had been wounded this year, a police union declared that its members were “in a state of civil war” with Muslims in the most depressed “banlieue” estates which are heavily populated by unemployed youths of north African origin.
It said the situation was so grave that it had asked the government to provide police with armoured cars to protect officers in the estates, which are becoming no-go zones.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy (who is the assumed heir apparent to President Chirac) has been stating that the violence is mainly criminal in nature — which may be true to a point, but it also fails to understand that the criminal element and the Islamist element may be part and parcel of the same whole.
What’s even more striking is the language being used by French officials: they’re referring to “retaking territory” in the suburbs of their own capital city. The banlieues of Paris are becoming virtual pockets of occupied territory in which 2,500 police officers have been injured in violent clashes with “youths” armed with rocks, bricks, and Molotov cocktails.
The situation in France is exceptionally dire, and unless something is done to stem the violence, France will once again become occupied territory — more slowly than before, but the result will nevertheless be the same.