Protests Yes, Riots No

Firefighters work to put out a fire in a car in the Malakoff neighborhood of Nantes early on July 4, 2018. - Groups of young people clashed with police in the western French city of Nantes on the night of July 3 after a man was shot dead by an officer during a police check. Cars were burned and a shopping center partly set alight in the Breil neighborhood as police confronted young people, some armed with Molotov cocktails. (Photo: SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP / Getty Images)
Firefighters work to put out a fire in a car in the Malakoff neighborhood of Nantes early on July 4, 2018. – Groups of young people clashed with police in the western French city of Nantes on the night of July 3 after a man was shot dead by an officer during a police check. Cars were burned and a shopping center partly set alight in the Breil neighborhood as police confronted young people, some armed with Molotov cocktails. (Photo: SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP / Getty Images)

This week’s riots in Nantes, France may have their basis in deep concerns of residents, particularly migrants. However, as Clarion’s David Harris suggests, legitimate political issues are no excuse for violence – not in France, the U.S. or anywhere else that cherishes freedom of expression.

 

 

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