Police found a gasoline bomb-making factory in a southern suburb of the city, with more than 100 bottles, gallons of fuel and hoods for hiding riotersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ faces, a senior Justice Ministry official said Sunday.
Six youths, all aged under 18, were arrested in the raid Saturday night on a building in Evry south of Paris where the gasoline bombs were being put together, Jean-Marie Huet, the ministryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s director of criminal affairs and pardons, told The Associated Press.
The discovery, Huet said, shows that gasoline bombs being used by rioters ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œare not being improvised by kids in their bathrooms.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚?
I think that Ed Morrisey is overstating the Muslim aspect of these riots. Yes, the rioters are predominantly of North African descent. And they may be Muslims. Yes, the coverage of the story in the French media is surreal in ignoring some of these obvious sides of the story. The evidence that theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢re rioting to establish a Sharia enclave within the borders of France is very, very slim.
I think he’s right about that. But the Islamists are watching this, and they’re not stupid. They’ll be thinking, “if this is what a bunch of pissed-off 16-year-old dead end kids can accomplish on their own, imagine what they can do when we get a hold of them and put our chip on their shoulder.”
I also liked this, less ominous, quote from this weekend’s coverage:
The [French] Foreign Ministry said it was concerned that foreign media coverage was exaggerating the situation. “I don’t have the feeling that foreign tourists in Paris are in any way placed in danger by these events,” ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said, adding that officials were “sometimes a bit surprised” by the foreign coverage.