After several hours of reading about what's happening in Paris and ten minutes of writing about it, I've solved the immediate problem: I'd declare an amnesty period and set up about a million conferences with civic leaders in and out of the affected suburbs toute de suite before someone gets killed. I'd muzzle the hardliners and get back control of my capitol and the news cycle.
UPDATE: Well, this makes everything about a million times more difficult. Stupid Chirac. Are there any world leaders who aren't useless in the face of crisis?
France's urban unrest claimed its first victim today when a 61-year-old man beaten by a hooded youth in the Parisian suburb of Stains last week died of his injuries.
The man, Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec, had been in a coma since being attacked while talking with a neighbor about their cars near a working-class housing development.