[Chirac] warned the rioters that they would be brought to justice, but also sought to show understanding for the plight of youth in poor suburban areas.Echoes of "I feel your pain."
"We understand well also that the way things are evolving requires the respect of everyone, of justice and equal opportunities," he said.
Other members of the government are right there ready to appease.
Dominique de Villepin, the prime minister, pledged to beef up security forces "all over the [French] territory wherever necessary".Certainly the French have problems, but right now they need to concentrate on law and order.
"We cannot accept any lawless zones. Violence is not the solution," he said. But extending a carrot to the rioters, he promised to outline new measures tonight to help promote equal opportunities.
I wonder how long before the average citizen demands the right and the means of self-defense. I wonder how long before France surrenders.