France: To the Jugular

For awhile last week, the elegant grey squares looked and sounded more like Algiers than the ordered heart of France. Jostling into the Place de la Concorde, the Etoile, the Place de 1'Opéra, the Champs Elysées, and half a dozen other Paris landmarks, tens of thousands of Algerians came swarming from slums and shantytowns to protest a new 8:30 p.m. curfew that applies only to Moslems.

Chanting Algérie algérienne, the demonstrators at first shuffled peacefully by in the rain. But at the Rond-point de la Défense, just outside Neuilly, the rabble borrowed...

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