For two years France has had a law against public veiling of the face, and now the culture-enrichers of the Parisian banlieues have finally put it to the test.
In the suburb of Trappes, west of Paris, “youths” expressed themselves with some high-spirited mischief against private and public property, the police, and even a helicopter — all because the police dared to attempt to enforce the law against a fully veiled woman.
Many thanks to Bear for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are excerpts from an article in The Washington Post about last night’s events in Trappes:
French Police Station Attacked Amid Tensions Over Ban on Muslim Face Veils
TRAPPES, France — About 250 people hurling projectiles clashed with police firing tear gas west of Paris, in apparent protest over enforcement of France’s ban on Islamic face veils. Five people were injured and six detained in the violence, authorities said Saturday.
The interior minister urged calm and dialogue, insisting on both the need for public order and respect for France’s Muslims. The incident in the town of Trappes on Friday night reflected sporadic tensions between police upholding France’s strict policies of secularism and those who accuse authorities of discriminating against France’s No. 2 religion.
A few garbage dumpsters in the area were torched and a bus shelter shattered in the Trappes unrest. Spent tear gas capsules lay on the road Saturday near the police station at the center of the violence.
A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the violence, from a projectile of unknown provenance, Prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told reporters. Four police officers were injured and six people were detained in the violence, said an official with the regional police administration.
The violence came after a gathering of about 200-250 people to protest the arrest of a man whose wife was ticketed Thursday for wearing a face veil. The husband tried to strangle an officer who was doing the ticketing, the prosecutor said.
France has barred face veils since 2011.
|00:00||Night of confrontations in this neighbourhood called Trappes…|
|00:04||Over many hours police officers face groups|
|00:08||of very mobile “youths”. Stones are thrown|
|00:12||against flash bangs, gas, and even helicopters.|
|00:20||Garbage is set|
|00:25||on fire. Urban furniture destroyed.|
|00:29||A teenager was gravely injured in the eye by a projectile, and six persons|
|00:33||were arrested. The confrontations|
|00:37||began when 250 residents gathered in front of the police station in the city.|
|00:41||They were protesting the arrest of a man and his wife, who was entirely veiled,|
|00:45||after an ID check that deteriorated.|
|00:49||This morning Manuel Valse gives his support to the police officers. All this|
|00:53||is unacceptable in a proper state. Public order|
|00:57||must be imposed and there is no reason that can justify|
|01:02||this violence. No reason; I say it clearly. The law|
|01:06||must be applied, and it is applied to all. Today calm has returned,|
|01:10||but the neighborhood is constantly patrolled by police.
Hat tip for the article: Fjordman.
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