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Back in the 1990s, the French sneered at America for the Los Angeles riots. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported in 1992: "the consensus of French pundits is that something on the scale of the Los Angeles riots could not happen here, mainly because France is a more humane, less racist place with a much stronger commitment to social welfare programs." President Mitterrand, the Washington Post reported in 1992, blamed the riots on the "conservative society" that Presidents Reagan and Bush had created and said France is different because it "is the country where the level of social protection is the highest in the world."
Full Article: The NY Sun
Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
It may indeed have been true that in 1992 such a thing was unlikely in the extreme in France (and it's hardly unreasonable to point out those observations were backed up by no such riots for another 13yrs).
Originally posted by djohnsto77
I don't think anything has really substantially changed in French policy since then. Here, they credit France's socialist model as its saving grace, yet France is just as socialist now as was back then, if not more so -- despite some modest political gains by the right.
Conversely, the U.S. is just as conservative as it was back then, perhaps more so. Even Democrat Bill Clinton signed into law legislation that "ended welfare as we know it," making it much harder to continue to receive endless gov't benefits without working. Yet we've had no more riots like L.A. since then.
Originally posted by JAK
I have seen this all over the internet over recent days in various guises. Americans revelling in this current chaos. Revelling at the current suffering in France. Revelling in this which has claimed a life now. The destroyed property. The fear so many are experiencing.
Funny huh? I mean it's France right? They deserve it right? The French, immigrants, Muslims, the (insert stereotype here). They all deserve it right? Every damned one. JUSTICE!
Luckily I have also seen others (including Americans) who are just as sickened as I at such repugnant infantile gloating while people suffer.
[edit on 7/11/05 by JAK]
Originally posted by Skadi_the_Evil_Elf
Seeing how the French have repeatedly reveled and sneered at our misfortunes, Ill say fair is fair. If they cant take it, they should think twice before dishing it out.
Originally posted by Otts
Junglejake - I've always thought that the French and the Americans can't get along because they're too much alike - too damn proud for their own good.
Skadi - after 9/11, French newspapers and magazines issued as a front-page title "We are all Americans".