Mark Steyn notes that he predicted the French riots although he didn’t quite think they would occur so fast.
In a way, France has brought this on itself. While the immediate spark of the riots of mainly African Muslim immigrants was the death of two youths, almost all observers agree that part of the rage is related to high unemployment among youth, an amazing 30 percent. French employment law requires businesses to give such enormous benefits—months-long vacations, short work weeks, holidays, et al—while making it nearly impossible to fire or lay off employees that they are reluctant to hire any new employees in the first place and certainly less inclined to take a risk on young, untested, inexperienced workers.
Then you must look at the failure to integrate Muslim immigrants into the culture. For one thing, 5 million of the country’s 60 million people are Muslim immigrants. The population growth rate is 0.37 percent, almost all of that positive amount among immigrants. This huge population still sees itself as separate and distinct from French culture, while happily receiving generous social welfare benefits from the French government. And while French natives de-populate themselves through contraception and abortion, Muslims are moving to fill up that population, a trend we see across Europe.