If you haven’t heard by now, the suburbs of Paris have been in flames for the past few days, and now the rioting and looting is spilling over into Paris itself:
“Tear-gas was used by police as rioting that originated in the suburbs spilled into the French capital around the Barbes Metro station, close to Gare du Nord.
It follows the alleged rape of a young black man, named only as Theo, by French police.
Protesters started fires and smashed windows, while there were reports of riot police being attacked and shops looted. …
President Francois Hollande, who has visited Theo, has appealed for calm. …”
The feckless Socialist president François Hollande “has appealed for calm.” As previously noted here, Hollande was hovering around a 4 percent approval rating last fall.