Chanteloup-les-Vignes is a culturally enriched suburb west of Paris in the department of Yvelines. Last week “youths” went on a rampage in Chanteloup, torching containers and ambushing emergency services personnel when they arrived to respond to the fires. The mischievous youngsters then set fire to a recently-completed municipal structure that was used for a children’s circus.
As will become clear in the six videos below, the incident was more than just simple vandalism. The new structure in their neighborhood was considered an intrusion into their territory by the immigrant gangs that control the drug traffic in the area. What the government saw as a gentrification of the neighborhood was viewed as an act of war by the thugs that control the place.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
Video #1: An early news report on the incident in Chanteloup.
Video #2: A more detailed report about what happened.
Video #3: An excerpt from a TV talk show featuring Geoffroy Lejeune, the editor-in-chief of Valeurs actuelles, a conservative political magazine.
Video #4: A continuation of the same program, with Geoffroy Lejeune speaking.
Video #5: A further continuation, with Geoffroy Lejeune joined by Gérard Miller, a left-leaning psychoanalyst, university professor, writer, director, and columnist.
Video #6: The final excerpt from the discussion between Geoffroy Lejeune and Gérard Miller.
Video transcript #1:
|00:00||It took almost two hours of intervention before the firefighters were able to|
|00:04||control this fire. A municipal room inaugurated|
|00:08||last year. Yesterday early in the evening the police were called|
|00:12||for trash container fires. In their opinion it was an ambush.|
|00:16||In only a couple of minutes this neighborhood of the Chanteloup-les-Vignes in Yvelines became|
|00:20||a center of intense tensions. Several dozen individuals threw rocks at a bus|
|00:24||without causing any injuries; then they turned towards the municipal marquee.|
|00:29||The main thing is to avoid having it spread, to save victims if there are any.|
|00:33||We don’t have any victims. But it’s also about avoiding|
|00:37||the possible spread of this fire.|
|00:41||The police also report mortars being shot at them and trash container fires.|
|00:45||A little further on it was the fire station that became a target. There also|
|00:49||with shots from mortars and fireworks, but without causing any damage.|
|00:53||The town’s Youth Office was also attacked late in the evening.|
|00:58||According to our information there were two arrests following this|
Video transcript #2:
|00:00||This morning the marquee is still smoking. The building|
|00:04||caught fire at the end of the latest evening of urban violence in Chanteloup-les-Vignes.|
|00:08||The youths reportedly first torched trash containers in several places|
|00:12||in town, before turning towards the marquee. The firefighters|
|00:16||who were attacked had to be protected by the law enforcement.|
|00:20||There were about thirty individuals who were hiding behind|
|00:24||bushes, with their faces covered, with bats, with rocks,|
|00:28||with mortars. So, yes, I can confirm to you that it was an ambush. Yes.|
|00:32||Burned down, the building was recently freshly rebuilt.|
|00:36||It cost €800,000, and it belonged to the association|
|00:41||Live Spectacle for children [children being the ones performing]. The inhabitants are dismayed.|
|00:45||It’s appalling, because it was something for the children of our town.|
|00:49||It was not for… it was for the children of our town. —We have no right to destroy the dream|
|00:53||of our children. —The mayor of Chanteloup reminds us that|
|00:57||her commune has been a center of repeated violence since last summer.|
|01:01||The rehabilitation of this neighborhood, and the destruction of a row of apartment buildings|
|01:05||allegedly bothered the drug dealers. —The violence taking place for a couple of weeks now|
|01:09||which targets public buildings, targets the police,|
|01:14||which targets the firefighters, which targets public transportation,|
|01:18||which targets all those who serve|
|01:22||this area, in fact. Two police officers were slightly injured|
|01:26||last night during the clashes. Two people are at this moment|
|01:30||in custody, including one minor.
Video transcript #3:
|00:00||It’s a cultural problem, basically. Those are people who think — the famous ‘imbeciles’|
|00:04||of [PM] Edouard Philippe — who today consider every presence of the State or of France|
|00:09||on their territory to be an aggression. They consider that they have annexed territory. In a minute|
|00:12||we’ll discuss annexation concerning another subject. They consider that they have annexed|
|00:16||territory. We cannot go there anymore. Today when you discuss those subjects: delinquency,|
|00:19||drug trafficking, etc. with police officers in ANY part of France they will ALL explain to you|
|00:24||that there are neighborhoods, we know it very well, where we no longer set foot, because finally|
|00:28||there is a social order that is governed by those caïds [Muslim gang leaders] and that today|
|00:33||bothering them risks an explosion. There, what we have seen in Chanteloup-les-Vignes is|
|00:36||not at all the question of imbecility or a question of delinquency, and so on. It’s in fact|
|00:41||just the premises of a civil war. They are sending us a message: if you continue|
|00:45||to put your noses in our territory, that’s what we are capable of doing.
Video transcript #4:
|00:00||The truth is that they were neither imbeciles, nor was it an imbecility that was committed;|
|00:03||it’s a system that exists everywhere in France, and so|
|00:08||that’s what we have to investigate today. I’m not guaranteeing … anyway…|
|00:12||I don’t think I have solutions to this problem. However, a problem will never be solved|
|00:15||without the desire to begin to face it, and to know what it’s composed of.|
|00:20||And in the specific case of the arson of this circus, of this criminal act,|
|00:24||it’s extremely simple: in fact we simply|
|00:29||have an example — and there are many others — of a zone on French territory|
|00:33||where it is NO LONGER FRANCE. And where people… you know, we often say “lawless zones”.|
|00:37||In reality the term is scarcely adequate in the same way. It’s not a no-law zone,|
|00:41||it’s a zone where there is ANOTHER law that governs the organization of life in society.|
|00:45||I mean those are the caïds, the [Muslim] delinquents — call them whatever you want — who today —|
|00:49||thanks to their drug trafficking — hold those places. And when the State or ANY institution|
|00:53||that represents the French Republic suddenly comes to disrupt,|
|00:58||to do some work [state-mandated construction, firefighting, police work, mail services and so on]|
|01:01||or stick their noses in there, they are being consistently attacked.
Video transcript #5:
|00:00||When you say a “not-France” I’m sorry, it’s like “anti-France”.|
|00:03||I don’t understand what you want to say, except what I already evoked,|
|00:06||while in fact… —Well, I’ll tell you: those are places… … doing the exegesis of your remarks.|
|00:09||What is a “not-France”? Does “not-France” mean the “not-French people”? —Those are places.|
|00:12||—No, those are places where the HATE of France has replaced PATRIOTISM. Voilà.|
|00:16||This is the not-France. Those are places where today the trend is to defy France,|
|00:20||to defy its institutions. This is why I said that it was very much linked to|
|00:24||the incarnation of the State, to the uniform as well — a cop|
|00:27||being pelted with rocks, or to institutions a little further away,|
|00:30||such as the firefighters, who can no longer enter certain places today. Today there are places|
|00:34||where this is the norm: it’s HATRED OF FRANCE. Those are therefore places that I call|
|00:37||“not-France zones”. Saying this doesn’t mean insulting an entire population of several million people;|
|00:41||it’s simply noting the reality, Gérard.
Video transcript #6:
|00:00||You are reasoning as a utopian, and I’m reasoning as a realist. I mean, I’m not telling you|
|00:05||that I wish the army would go to the ghettos. I’m just telling you today: this is the situation.|
|00:08||The police NO LONGER ENTER CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS. Voilà. From the moment we made|
|00:11||this determination, which is an objective determination, shared by all the experts on the matter,|
|00:16||you say: either — you say like the utopist you are — we will send the police,|
|00:20||because after all there is work to do and so on; and so you will have problems because|
|00:24||today the police are less strong in those neighborhoods than the delinquents, or you reason|
|00:28||like me, saying: we have no other solution. And I don’t wish for that. I don’t wish for a civil war,|
|00:32||contrary to what you think. I, I… I prefer to live in a country at peace.|
|00:37||So I’m telling you I don’t know. I have no idea. I simply think that there is no other solution|
|00:41||in the end. Do we have to do it? I don’t know. I’m just explaining to you that today|
|00:45||the police no longer have any means to fight against that. They lost this part.|
|00:49||It hurts me a lot, but it’s the reality, unfortunately.