November 8, 2005

Poor Babies

Just goes to show they can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.

Hurt pride shows as France sees world report riots

A barrage of critical world media reporting on the violence in its rundown suburbs is rubbing nerves raw in France, which is more used to hearing praise for its food, its countryside and its opposition to the Iraq war.

In tones ranging from outrage to rueful agreement, French media are now reporting daily on the harsh terms that foreign television stations and newspapers choose to describe the unrest among France's angry youths of Arab and African origin.

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The Foreign Ministry has criticised some foreign reports as excessive and at least one cabinet member, Labour Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, has hinted the critical reporting was meant to hit back at France for opposing the U.S.-led Iraq war.

French media have run hard-hitting reports on the riots, just as they have been very critical of social or racial problems abroad. But seeing equally tough reporting about their own country seems to have caught the French off guard.

Eric Raoult, mayor of the eastern Paris suburb of Raincy, did not like being at the receiving end of outside attention.

"Last night, Japanese television and Turkish television were in my city hall telling me what should be done. That hurts me," he said.

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The conservative Le Figaro was indignant about the way U.S. media reported from riot-hit areas such as Seine Saint Denis, the rundown area between the capital and its Charles de Gaulle airport to the north.

"American newspapers don't hesitate to compare Paris to Baghdad or Seine Saint Denis to the Gaza Strip and to call the crisis a 'Katrina of social disasters'," an editorial fumed in a reference to the recent hurricane.

Posted by Ithildin at November 8, 2005 4:23 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

Awwwww.... Tough! Are the French ever not critical?

Posted by: Contagion at November 8, 2005 4:55 PM

Like my grandma always said, "what goes around comes around".

Posted by: Daniel Upton at November 8, 2005 8:40 PM

Well, I have been watching this event and I think it boils down to two things. One is this just goes to show what is going to happen when you reject the Melting Pot in favor of Multiculturalism. The second is I wonder why it took the much of the MSM so long to admit that these rioters were from Islamic communities.

Posted by: Ursuus Trollkin at November 9, 2005 11:30 AM

POOR LITTLE FRENCH CHICKENS HOW HURT THE MUST FEEL JUST WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GIVE IN TO TERRIRISTS AND JUST LOOK AT HOW EFFECTIVE THE MARGIONAL LINE WAS

Posted by: BIRDZILLA at November 10, 2005 7:01 AM