Skip to Content

'Youths' setting fire to a car in Blois. Screenshot from Commissaires de Police SICP video
Blois

Night of extreme urban violence in Blois, France

Cars have been damaged, businesses looted and a fire has destroyed an Aldi store in the northern districts of the city of Blois. A gendarmerie helicopter had to be deployed in the capital of the Loir-et-Cher département, in central France.

Published: March 18, 2021, 8:32 am

    Read more

    Images such as these have become common in France, although not in smaller cities. On the night of Tuesday March 16 to Wednesday March 17, violent rioters set fire to the northern districts of the city, a few hours after a serious accident involving three vehicles, which left four injured, two of whom were serious, reported regional daily La Nouvelle République. The circumstances of the tragedy have yet to be clarified, but it seems that everything started from the refusal of a motorist to stop at a police inspection point. He was then chased by the police, before hitting two other cars.

    According to an LCI journalist present on the spot, 150 rioters attacked the police during the night, in retaliation. One of them even got behind the wheel of a delivery truck and ran into a group of officials.

    “We are facing a system of urban violence,” said the police chief of the department, François Pesneau, present alongside the many police forces and firefighters. “Many vehicles were burned and a fire started on the side of the Aldi store,” he told La Nouvelle République.

    During the night, the magistrate specified: “We are in the process of mobilizing the troops and calling for police reinforcements, from the BAC of Tours, Orléans and Le Mans.” A gendarmerie helicopter was also deployed shortly after midnight. The police chief then announced the arrival of a “squadron of the mobile gendarmerie of Paris” as well as the GIGN in order to “strike hard to quickly put an end to these developments”.

    The GIGN [Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale] is the elite police tactical unit of the French National Gendarmerie. Its missions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials, and targeting organized crime. It is headquartered in Versailles-Satory near Paris. Although most of its operations take place in France, the unit, as a component of the French Armed Forces, can operate anywhere in the world. Many of its missions are secret, and members are not allowed to be publicly photographed. It it one of the most experienced counter-terrorism units in the world.

    On social networks, many Internet users have described a situation of “war” or a “jungle”. Some have gone so far as to draw a comparison with the video game GTA, which features thugs braving the police and committing numerous criminal acts. The inhabitants of the district also denounced the burglaries and looting of a business.

    The new Aldi store had only opened a few days ago, but African and Arab youths looted, ransacked and set it on fire. Curiously, it is the same people who will complain about the lack of local shops.

    The unimaginable scenes of guerrilla warfare and looting were accompanied by sounds of explosions and screams in the city of Louis XII with 46 086 inhabitants today that has its immigrant “districts” to the north.

    During a press conference, held at Wednesday noon in Blois, the public prosecutor François Chevallier and Pesneau detailed the circumstances. “It all started at 6.30 pm Tuesday night, with a car visibly going too fast. The Blois anti-crime brigade (BAC) wanted to control the driver, who did not comply,” state officials explained. “A chase took place in the streets, with the driver taking a lot of risks. The police finally decided to stop the pursuit but, a few meters further on, when a red traffic light is once again ignored, the vehicle collided with another car and ended up on its roof,” the two senior officials pointed out.

    The driver managed to escape, but his two passengers, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old minor, were trapped in the carcass of the car, both injured. Both were transported to hospital emergency rooms. The condition of the youngest, very seriously injured, was a cause for concern on Wednesday. Both individuals, the authorities finally indicated, are known to the police and the judiciary for criminal offences.

    The accident sparked the riot with most serious incident taking place at around 11 pm when a stolen delivery truck tried to ram security forces. Police fired at the truck and only then, after a total of twelve shots in order to block the momentum, did the truck stop. The occupants of the truck ran away, leaving it to finish its charge but without further damage.

    Three investigations have been opened: one for an aggravated refusal to comply, entrusted to the departmental public security directorate of Loir-et-Cher; the other for urban violence, managed by the same service; the last for an attempted voluntary homicide on a person in authority and aggravated theft of the truck, led by the judicial police of Orléans and Tours.

    An investigation published in Le Parisien meanwhile compiled the testimonies of police officers confronted with the explosion of violence among young people of immigrant origin. For many it is linked to the consequences of the health crisis.

    In recent weeks, various facts have multiplied throughout France, increasingly involving young African and Arab adolescents. Several of them were even killed during brawls of great violence, in Champigny-sur-Marne or Argenteuil. This kind of violence is increasingly making headlines, and it primarily concerns law enforcement and judicial personnel, on the front line.

    Le Parisien compiled a number of alarming testimonies on violence among very young people. “We seize a lot of weapons. Some pretend to limp while walking with crutches which they use in brawls,” a police officer in Juvisy-sur-Orge (Essonne) explained. “We have the impression that it is the weekend or school holidays permanently at the moment because so many young people loiter at the bottom of the high-rise towers doing nothing,” another officer remarked and added that “the violence they display is more than before, but it is difficult to quantify”.

    In fact, the phenomenon of clashes between gangs has experienced real progress in recent years. According to the Interior Ministry, 375 such clashes took place in 2020, against 288 in 2019. It is an increase of nearly 25 percent in one year, with the figures for the first months of 2021 already up. “With the curfew, some therefore meet in the evening to smoke shisha next to buildings. In addition to not respecting sanitary measures, it creates nuisances,” said the officers.

    “This violence existed in some places, but the Covid crisis is an aggravating factor and we have seen violence occur in peri-urban municipalities so far relatively spared,” said the officer in charge of mission at the union of Internal Security Executives. And in addition to the violence and the daily insecurity that these young people cause in the cities of France, they do not seem at all concerned by the health measures which regulate the lives of the French: “In any case, even when we simply come to talk to them, we must not address the theme of the mask, barrier measures or the pandemic, because they tell us that it is government nonsense to muzzle the population.”

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The Gendarmerie, including the GIGN, were despatched to Blois. Three different investigations have been opened by French authorities. And yet the violence continues, and will continue, as long as the measures to prevent riot by youths with a ‘migrant background’ or the like from the no-go zones remain inadequate. French law and government policy, including limits on police and gendarmerie rules of engagement, limit the ability to respond to civil unrest. The violent youth from the no-go zones have the upper hand, and the authorities either cannot or will not let the forces of order regain it. Most readers will wonder what will happen. That is, apart from more and worse civil unrest, which seems to be a given.

    Europe

    ‘Finland is ours’ – Nationalists advance in local elections

    On Sunday 13 June, Finland went to the polls, which was a great success for the nationalist True Finns. The party's overall result in the country's municipalities was 14,5 percent, an increase of 5,6 percentage points and 581 new seats since the last municipal election in 2017.

    UK: Teachers should no longer say ‘boy’ and ‘girl’

    LondonA British LGBT organization urged teachers to stop using the words "boy" and "girl". In addition, the organization that fights for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGBT) is urging schools to give children the option of both school uniforms – both skirts and pants.

    France: By an overwhelming majority young adults shun polls

    ParisTwo separate surveys give a better idea of ​​which young French voters decided not to vote on Sunday, June 20. According to Ipsos, nearly 87 percent of 18-24 year olds did not go to vote. A substantially equivalent proportion was revealed among 25-34 year olds, with 83 percent of whom shunned the ballot box.

    Almost two thirds of Germans refuse to accept more migrants

    BerlinA clear majority of Germans reject taking in more migrants. A recent survey showed that 62,5 percent are of the opinion that Germany should not accept any more "refugees" in view of the increasing number of refugees worldwide. Some 28 percent answered yes to a corresponding question.

    Interview with Alexander Dugin – ‘Welcome all newcomers!’

    Prof. Alexander Dugin, philosopher and geopolitical expert from Russia, sees the world changing: the old liberalism is being replaced by a new, aggressive, globalist mutation. Manuel Ochsenreiter's interview with Dugin gives a fascinating insight into the globalist future.

    Legal expert condemns Dutch patience for jihadists

    RotterdamA case that is representative of the ongoing Islamization of the Netherlands has exposed the Dutch tolerance for Islamic extremists, argues Paul Cliteur, a distinguished law professor in the Netherlands from Leiden University and a defence witness for Geert Wilders when Wilders was on trial for “hate speech”.

    German PEI greenlights Pfizer citing insufficient data after myocarditis reports

    BerlinThe new report by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) states that there is still "no clear picture" between cases of myocardial inflammation and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations. Mainly young men are affected. Notably, myocarditis can trigger a life-threatening arrhythmia or lead to cardiac arrest.

    AfD inquiry into refugee policy making waves in Hong Kong

    BerlinAn inquiry from the Eurosceptic AfD to the German federal government regarding the "German refugee policy towards the Chinese special administrative zone Hong Kong and the granting of asylum status" has apparently caused a sensation reaching as far as Southeast Asia.

    Education and immigration are main primers for voter choices

    ParisThe economists Amory Gethin, Clara Martínez-Toledano and Thomas Piketty, who work at the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics, asked some interesting questions in a study published in early May. The three researchers collected data from several Western democracies. Immigrant voters distinguish themselves by choosing the left.

    New Austrian conservative strongman calls into question arbitrary Corona rules

    ViennaFormer Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) is considered the new strong man in his party, slated to take over the leadership soon. In an interview translated from ZUERST! Kickl explains how he wants to bring the FPÖ back to being the top party.

    Go to archive