"Traditional" Bastille Day Riots Claim 266 Parisian Vehicles

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Help me out. Once again, Parisian youths have “celebrated” Bastille Day by taking to the streets and burning cars. According Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the vandals topped last year’s one night total by 12 vehicles, destroying some 266 whips. Other than all the socio-economic politico-religious motivations for this orgy of criminal property damage, I don’t understand what this report means by “detonators.” Apparently, the French authorities attempted to forestall the conflagrations created during these “routine riots” by banning the sales, storage and use of “detonators.” Something’s been lost in translation.

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  • Chalmers Chalmers on Jul 14, 2007

    Ummm, wouldn't that be just plan-and-simple gasoline? During the riots of 2005, they were limiting or banning the sale of all gas in anything other than a vehicle (you are officially SOL if you run out of gas and need to get a couple of litres to make it to the next station). Ok, I just found and translated this from Le Figaro "[For the region that includes Seine-St-Denis, where most of the rioting has traditionally been, ]"Selling, throwing or using handheld fireworks or pieces of fireworks" is banned in all public areas until August 31 to avoid "serious accidents", the prefecture explained. Additionally, the sale and transportation of fuel (in portable containers), and the "sale of gas cylinders to minors under the age of 16, are forbidden until July 20 for the entire of region.""

  • Robert Farago Robert Farago on Jul 14, 2007

    Et voila!

  • Wolf Wolf on Jul 14, 2007

    Well, here's something funny, using fireworks is always forbidden in public places ... :) and so are jerrycans (which are tolerated most of the time) which is plain stupid too, cos' you can pump it from your gas tank at home ... welcome in france

  • Alex L. Dykes Alex L. Dykes on Jul 14, 2007

    Mental note: avoid Paris when doing Euro Delivery. I doubt the insurance covers damage by riot.