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Monday, November 14, 2005 

France to Extend Police State Situation to Control Riots

(AP) France's national police chief said Sunday that the country's worst rioting since the 1960s seemed to be nearing an end, but violence persisted into the night, with at least two schools set on fire and dozens of cars torched.

In scattered attacks overnight into Monday, vandals rammed a car into a primary school in the southern city of Toulouse before setting the building on fire and burned cars in northeastern Strasbourg. In northern France, arsonists set fire to a sports center in the suburb of Faches-Thumesnil and a school in the town of Halluin.

On Monday, the Cabinet was to propose a bill allowing an extension of the 12-day state of emergency if needed.

If the downward trend continues, "things could return to normal very quickly," National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said, noting that French youths burn about 100 cars on an average Saturday night.

Normal is equivalent of Texas and California having 100 cars burned by kids every Saturday night? What kind of nation is this? While the news is trying to push on us that this is dying down, notice that we are going on day 20, and they are now talking about extending the Emergency Powers, which severely limit freedoms and liberties in France, essentially making it a police state. This is huge, and it is still going.