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I totally agree.  This was a class riot, but I did want to point out that there were pressures in France to turn this into a revolt with religious harmonies.  Alain Finkielkraut [Le Monde]: "le gros [des émeutiers] était constitué de jeunes d'origine africaine et nord-africaine..." [The majority of the rioters was constituted by youth of African and North-African descent...".

Of course, Finkielkraut was proved totally wrong, but the tones of his discourse (and Sarkozy's) shaped the perceptions--the misperceptions--of many people.  Likewise, the media (in France or the U.S.), never really tried to correct these misperceptions, at least not on the evening news.

I haven't read all the excellent diaries that were posted here during that time since 2005 or 2006, so I'm sure I'm just reposting what you wrote.

by andrethegiant on Fri Mar 2nd, 2007 at 09:29:27 AM EST
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