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Who's afraid of riots à la Grecque?

There have been minor outbreaks of copycat riots in parts of the continent, if not here, presumably because the rioting classes do not pay much heed to international news. Anyway, in a remarkably responsible fashion, one of the French regional dailies has been asking the Plain People of France whether riots are heading their way soon.

And the good people of Ifop have the results, and furthermore a series of demographic breakdowns.

The least likely to think that the French will have some événements are the young themselves - 64% of 18-24 year oldS think riots possible, compared to 77% of 50-64 year olds. And broadly speaking, the more educated the respondent, the less concerned he or she is about the possibility of riots.

Geographically, Parisians are the least alarmed at 67%, followed by South Easterners at 69%. The North East, which is the epicentre for that grand of French tradition of car burning, is the most concerned at 76%. French New Year's Day news reports, near as damn it, give league tables of the cities with the most cars immolated the evening before. Yes, really.

In terms of political allegiance, Bayrou's Modem party is the least worried, or the most complacent at 58%, followed by Sarko's UMP at 66%. The Communists and Trots manage 66 and 67% respectively. The latter must be appalled. Perhaps they should, in the best Brechtian tradition, seek to elect a new working class. The Socialists manage 79%, but far and away the most concerned are Frontistes at 89%.

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