Saturday, March 18, 2006

Peugeots: French bonfires

Maybe the disgruntled Muslim youth of the Paris suburbs have been more Francofied than we originally thought. When they protested by burning cars, many were disturbed by the events, including myself. It now looks like burning automobiles is a French protesting tradition. Students who are upset that they may actually have to work to keep their jobs are protesting a new law that allows employers to actually fire young workers who don't do their jobs, and one of the protestors' tactics is, you guessed it, lighting cars on fire. It doesn't appear that they are torching cars with quite the verve or in the same volume as their unemployed Muslim counterparts in the suburbs, but what do you expect from lazy, comfortable, well to do native French kids?

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