Buried in the story is this: The Bastille Day riots follow three nights of anarchy on the streets of Firminy near Lyon, as youths protested amid reports of a 21-year-old Algerian (MUSLIM) man dying in police custody.
France’s national holiday, Bastille Day, has been overshadowed by a night of rioting in which more than 300 cars were torched on the streets of Paris and other cities.
Rigorous attempts by the French government to clamp down on Bastille Day rioting were not enough to prevent at least 317 cars being torched in major French cities in the early hours of July 14
Despite a deployment of 10,000 police officers, the number of cars set alight represents a rise of almost seven percent from the previous year. Youths threw home-made explosives and fireworks to set alight bins and cars, before targeting police officers, 13 of whom were wounded in the riots. A total of 240 arrests were made — almost double the number recorded in 2008.
Violence on the eve of Bastille Day has become a tradition in France and an outlet for disaffected young (MUSLIM) men to express their anger at French unemployment rates and a failed integration policy for ethnic (MUSLIM) minorities. SPIEGEL
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