Viewpoint. The town of Yutz (17,000 inhabitants) in Moselle, France, was not spared by the rioters: McDonald’s burned down, the car garage ransacked, cars and garbage cans burned! How did it come to this, asks Bernard Aubin?
40,000 gendarmes and police officers, the RAID, the BRI and the GIGN were unable to prevent rioters from ransacking numerous French towns for the third night running. The executive has reached an impasse.
Violent confrontations opposed demonstrators and police forces this Saturday afternoon. The toll is heavy: 24 gendarmes were injured as well as about thirty opponents to the highly contested mega-pond project. Several vehicles were set on fire.