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French ‘Force’ 3 Fuel Depots To Re-Open

From an outraged (at the government) Associated Press:

French fuel depots forced open amid strikes

By Greg Keller, Associated Press Writer
October 20, 2010

PARIS – French authorities forced strike-shuttered fuel depots to reopen to ensure gasoline supplies, and the interior minister threatened Wednesday to send in paramilitary police to stop rioting on the fringes of protests against raising the retirement age to 62.

Youths wearing hoods and scarves on their faces rampaged through the Paris suburb of Nanterre, breaking shop windows and hurling stones at riot police. The town has seen clashes in recent days centered on a high school that joined the protests.

Of course the high school kids are agitated at having the retirement age raised.

Months of largely peaceful demonstrations against the pension reform have taken a violent turn in recent days. The plan is slated for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, but labor unions want the government to renegotiate, saying the bill threatens the country’s hard-earned social protections.

Actually, if these retirement benefits were "earned" there would be no deficit and no problem. The trouble is precisely because they are not earned.

President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government have stayed firm, insisting it is essential to saving the money-losing pension system. Countries around Europe are also facing public resistance as they try to tame government debts that have threatened the euro currency.

Perhaps the governments of Europe should just give up and let their countries go bankrupt. It would be enlightening to see how long these "youths" and the rest of their Communist brethren would survive on their own.

With nearly a third of France’s gas stations dry Tuesday, authorities stepped in overnight to force open three fuel depots in western France blocked by striking workers for days, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said. He said the operations saw no violence

He warned that the fuel depot blockades threaten emergency services and could have grave consequences for the entire French economy and public health and safety. He described an "infernal spiral" of consequences when nurses and bus drivers can’t get to work.

"These acts are not only unacceptable, but they are also irresponsible," he said.

How preposterous that they feel that they have to cite emergency services – nurses. Don’t bankers have important jobs? Don’t they have rights?

French unions have a long tradition of street protests, but the current strife is particularly worrisome because it has touched the vital energy sector and is drawing often volatile youth into the mix.

But once again we cannot help but notice that when the unions Communists want to destroy an economy they target its energy supplies. Just like they are doing in our country, along with the willing accomplices in the Obama administration, albeit in a more discreet fashion.

Over the past week, 1,423 people have been detained for protest-related violence, he said, more than a third of them Tuesday. Of those, 123 are facing legal action

This could be one reason the rioters feel that they have nothing to fear.

62 police officers have been injured in the violence over the past week.

In Nanterre on Wednesday morning, about 100 students blocked the school entrance and part of highway in front of the school, while a "tranquility team" of about 30 adults in special red jackets sought to keep things calm.

Then about 100 other youths arrived and started darting through the town streets, smashing store windows and throwing stones. Some store owners lowered metal blinds to avoid looting. Nine police vans were parked in the surrounding area

The "tranquility" teams didn’t stop them? Nor the police in the nine vans? Zut alors, what nonsense.

Of course it should be no surprise that the French would choose to surrender even when they fight among themselves.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “French ‘Force’ 3 Fuel Depots To Re-Open”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So we have Greece on the skids, rioting in the streets of France and Britain about to do likewise over their government spending brake. Hm….

    Somehow, I cannot help but think that the muslims must be oh-so-joyful over all of this.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      But what does any of this (at least in France and Greece) have to do with Muslims? (There have been no austerity riots in the UK.)

      As for the riots, why hasn’t tear gas been used yet?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Reminds me of a comment a veteran patrol cop said to me once …. commenting on the Rodney King riots.

    “This is really dangerous stuff. When minorities are angry they burn down their own neighborhoods. But when the average guy finally has a belly full and blows a fuse, he burns down everything.”

  3. proreason says:

    If only we could reach a European nirvana even faster.

  4. artboyusa says:

    They burned down a school yesterday. Blocked the roads so the fire trucks couldn’t get through. How that’s going to help people keep retiring at 60 instead of 62, which is the showcase “reform” beats me. I love France and have had some of the best times of my life there but along with the food and the wine and the art and the culture there is a willful, obstinate, self destructive streak in French society which I don’t get and never will.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    The Ghost of Ronald Reagan says “There are a lot of people in France looking for an honest job in order to earn a decent living. They can open and operate everything the protesters have shut down as quickly as the protesters are fired and replaced.”

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