Sarkozy Vows to Punish Gun-Toting Rioters

Sarkozy Vows to Punish Gun-Toting Rioters Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Michele Alliot-Marie visit a police officer who was injured during clashes with rioters ©AFP/Pool - Thomas Coex “French President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed Wednesday that rioters who shot at police during a flare-up of Paris suburban unrest would be severely punished,” AFP reports.

Strikes me as a good idea.

Via OTB News.

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Comments

  1. Anderson says:

    Right, like the NYT headline about how Sarkozy found the riots “unacceptable.” What else would he say? “Rock on, dudes”?

  2. James Joyner says:

    Right, like the NYT headline about how Sarkozy found the riots “unacceptable.” What else would he say? “Rock on, dudes”?

    Indeed. I guess reporters, in their role as stenographers to power, often just write the stuff down and spit it back. It’s sometimes rather amusing, though.

  3. yetanotherjohn says:

    On the other hand, if we hear of deployment of Légion étrangère to Paris, then we will both know he is serious and what form “severely punished” is likely to take.