Thursday, November 17, 2005

The French riots? Blame polygamy

Is polygamy one of the causes of the rioting in France? Well, that's the astonishing claim being made by some high-ranking French leaders and public figures. From the Times: "The head of President Jacques Chirac's UMP party in the national assembly, Bernard Accoyer, called polygamy 'certainly one of the causes, though not the only one' for France's worst urban unrest in four decades." And he's not alone: Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Permanent Secretary of the famed Academie Francaise Helene Carrere d'Encausse have said more or less the same thing.

"The remarks have sparked an uproar in France, and angry charges of racism." Oh really?


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