Tarry for the Nonce

January 5, 2006

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:29 pm

Officials in France are “astonished:”

A gang of more than 20 youths — thought to be North African immigrants — terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year’s Day, French officials said yesterday . . .

Only three — two 19-year-old Moroccans and a minor, all living in France — were arrested. Both men were being held for robbery and one also was facing charges of sexual assault. The minor was to be judged separately.

Three others — a man and two boys — were arrested briefly in Marseille but were released despite reports they were carrying a knife, a screwdriver and a small amount of hashish . . .

The opposition Socialist Party said it viewed the incident with “astonishment” . . .

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who has championed hard-line security policies in France, partly blamed the state rail company SNCF for not communicating better with the police.

“The problem is that law-enforcement services didn’t know that there was a promotional fare going,” he said.

Clearly. If only the rail company had informed the police of their promotional fare, this whole incident could have been avoided.

Forget international corruption of the French language — I think the country has enough idiomatic problems of its own.

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