Can We Get A Dictionary Over Here, Please?
(You Don't Say Jones)
Does anyone have an extra dictionary handy? Apparently French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin could use one... In an interview with CNN yesterday, Villepin stated that there have been no "riots" in France! "I'm not sure you can call them riots," the Prime Minister said... "In France during the two-week period of unrest, nobody died... So I think you can't compare this social unrest with any kind of riots..."
(Really? Over 9,000 cars get burned, more than 100 public buildings get torched, rocks and other items get thrown at police, the streets are in the hands of the mob every night for weeks, and these were not riots?!?)
"There were no guns in the streets," Villepin went on to say... "No adults; mostly young people between 12 and 20... so it's a very special movement..."
(Ah, I see, only adults can riot... Or does that mean riots need parental supervision, perhaps? Maybe we should write the whole thing off to kids playing with matches...)
(From Merriam-Webster: Riot (noun) - (1) unrestrained revelry; noise, uproar, or disturbance made by revelers (2) public violence, tumult, or disorder: a violent public disorder; specifically : a tumultuous disturbance of the public peace by three or more persons assembled together and acting with a common intent)