France: Another fall brawl in the making?
|A band of up to 30 youths armed with makeshift weapons and some wearing masks attacked two riot police patrolling a housing project outside Paris in an apparent ambush that seriously injured one of the officers, police officials said Wednesday.
The attack Tuesday night raised the specter of the violence that struck poor suburbs last year.
One of the officers, who sustained a double skull fracture, was undergoing surgery Wednesday at a Paris hospital, a police official said. The other was released after treatment from a hospital in Evry.
The two were attacked by 20 to 30 youths while patrolling in an unmarked car around a housing project known as a trouble spot in the town of Corbeil- Essonnes south of Paris, the police said.
The youths stoned the car, encircled the officers when they got out, then attacked, according to various accounts.
"The youths were waiting in ambush in the woods and jumped out, their faces masked, to strike them with fists and pieces of wood," Joaquin Masanet, head of the UNSA-Police union, said in an interview. "The two officers had fallen into a trap and they were hitting them to kill."|
Villepin promises to call down the thunder on these scums!
|But in parts of the Paris region, at least, there are signs that juvenile delinquency has climbed.
Jean-François Cordet, prefect of the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of Paris - where the riots began - sent an angry letter to Sarkozy in June complaining about a 14 percent increase in physical violence, a nearly 23 percent increase in theft with violence and the sense of impunity of juvenile delinquents. The daily Le Monde published excerpts of the letter.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said the authorities would "draw the lessons" from the incident in Corbeil-Essonne, instituting "appropriate techniques to better anticipate risks" to the police.|
Okay... maybe a loud burp instead.