CNN Got It Wrong

The Paris riots weren't that bad—and the French government handled it well

Meanwhile, violence spreads beyond Clichy-Sous-Bois to other areas of the Seine-Saint-Denis region. Riots are especially destructive in the Parisian suburbs of La Courneuve and Aulnay-Sous-Bois.

November 2 A handicapped woman, aged 56, is seriously burned when rioters attack the bus she was riding in the town of Sevran, northern Paris. The rioters had demanded all passengers to get off the bus before setting it on fire, but the victim didn't have enough time to disembark.

November 3-5 Violence spreads beyond the Paris region to 274 cities and towns throughout France.

Dashing U.S. reporters gave a sensationalized image of an entire country under siege.
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Dashing U.S. reporters gave a sensationalized image of an entire country under siege.

November 6 Most violent night so far, with close to 1,500 cars burned and hundreds of arrests.

November 7 First fatality of the riots reported when Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec, age 61, a resident of Stains (Seine-Saint-Denis) dies from injuries received in an assault three days earlier.

In Toulouse, rioters seize a public bus and set it on fire. Though no one was hurt, city bus drivers walk off the job the following day in protest.

Violence spreads to suburbs in Belgium and Germany, in apparent imitation of the French riots.

November 8 French President Jacques Chirac declares a state of emergency and revives curfew laws dating from the Algerian war for independence.

November 9 Violence begins to taper off as select cities put the curfew into effect. So far, 6,000 cars have been burned and 173 people have been convicted of riot-related crimes.

Sarkozy vows to deport any non-citizen convicted of crimes, even if the person is a legal French resident.

November 10 Police report "a significant ebb" in violence throughout France, particularly in the Paris region. A total of 482 vehicles were burned today, versus the record high of more than 1,400 three days ago, according to the French national police department.

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