"Scum," French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy called the rioters who have seized control of many working class "suburbs" around Paris every night since Oct. 27, when two teenagers died in an accident that many blame on the police. Accused of pouring fuel on the flames, Sarkozy responded, "For too long politicians have not used the right words to describe reality."Sarkozy plans to run for the presidency next year, and he wants to seem even tougher on crime and on immigrants (two separate issues that he regularly conflates) than his main rival, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. But his...
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