Tuesday, August 14, 2012

France: Amiens burns overnight

An indelicate arrest amidst growing police-neighbor tensions triggered a riot in the suburbs of Amiens, the capital of Picardie in Northern France, considered among the poorest and most conflictive areas of the Republic.

The conflict, which is reminiscent of the 2005 and 2007 banlieue riots, has only been responded by President Hollande with the announcement of hard police measures, demonstrating that he is not substantially different from his predecessor the arrogant ultra-conservative Sarkozy. 

While the average French youth unemployment is 23.5% in the impoverished class ghettos known as banlieues it can be just massive, causing immense frustration.

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