Paris is Burning: Riots Reach City Center

"We'll always have Paris," Rick tells Ilsa in 'Casablanca.' Maybe not.

Bienvenue a Paris!

Rioting in the French capital, has spread to the city center as police flee armed mobs.

Breitbart reports that hundreds of violent thugs smashed windows, looted shops, lit fires, blocked roads, and attacked police cars Wednesday night near the Barbes Metro station, close to the major transport hub Gare du Nord.

Now in its second week, the rioting is getting worse. On Sunday and Monday nights, 32 vehicles were set afire; on the following two nights 47 more, as well as 59 bins, were destroyed.

Social media videos show that the police seem to have completely lost control as officers were literally chased out of certain neighborhoods by the rioters.

One officer at the scene said, “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked. Small groups of protesters wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away."

“Everything is being done to try and disperse the crowds, but this could go on for a long time yet," the officer continued.

The rioting was kicked off on February 2nd when a 22-year-old youth worker named Theo was allegedly beaten up by police and raped with a truncheon.

French President François Hollande visited the victim in the hospital, where Theo underwent emergency surgery. Both men have appealed for calm as the attacks continued to spread.

Breitbart has more details:

Last week, on the 7th and 8th, riots occurred across numerous north-eastern Paris suburbs associated with social deprivation and high immigrant populations, including Tremblay-en-France, Montfermeil, Clichy-sous-Bois, and Villepinte in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, and Blanc-Mesnil in Seine-Maritime.

French presidential candidate and Front National leader Marine Le Pen slammed the French government for its “paralysis” on the matter Wednesday.

“The forces of order are targeted by bands of scoundrels,” Ms. Le Pen said calling the situation “a shame for France” on the international stage. “The government is silent. A silence that reflects both its cowardice and its impotence,” she added.

"We'll always have Paris," Rick tells Ilsa in Casablanca. Maybe not.