For a third night, Muslim youths are rioting in France—this time with guns. Over 100 police officers have been wounded, some seriously, as a rampage of vandalism and car burnings once again consumes areas of Paris, Toulouse, and other cities. “This is war,” says one of the leaders of the riots. The purported cause, an automobile accident involving a motorcycle and a police car, is tragic but by no means an injustice or even an intentional act. The French government is not treating this as a war, though they do appear to be taking it more seriously more quickly than they did two years ago.
A Dutch correspondent asks whether this is an attack on Christmas.