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France braces for massive race riots.

SarkozyNicolas Sarkozy won the runoff for French president against Segolene Royal by 53% today.

Sarkozy, who is a members of Chirac’s Popular Party had won 31% in the open primary running on a platform of free market economics and taking a Le Pen style hardline on immigration. Sarkozy is pro-EU, but pledged to block Turkey from joining. Royal, of the French Socialist Party, ran on a marxist campaign of exspanding welfare and creating subsidized jobs which would primarily go to immigrants.

France, which is plaqued with race riots, sees an average of 112 cars torched each day by African and Middle Eastern immigrants.

According to the Irish Times, 50,000 French Riot police [3,000 just in Paris] are standing by and the military has been put on red alert to quell potential violence by African and Arab gangs.

THOUSANDS of police will be on standby across France Sunday evening to combat any wave of violence sparked by the election of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Leave has been cancelled and forces including the gendarmerie, a military unit, and riot police are preparing for outbreaks of rioting, car-burning and lawlessness. In Paris, more than 3,000 riot police and gendarmes will be on alert, with a similar-sized force deployed outside the capital.

They will be backed up by thousands of regular police, although the extra forces will be kept out of public view. “It’s the same as we’ve put into effect for World Cup football matches and New Year’s Eve celebrations,” said a police spokesman.

Determined not to be seen as agents provocateur, the authorities are taking a low-key approach. However, contingency plans have been drawn up for a rapid response to outbreaks of civil unrest in some of the most volatile and run-down housing estates.

In schools, high-rise housing blocks and on the streets of the most sensitive areas, rumours have been circulating that Mr Sarkozy’s election will provoke a repeat of the nationwide rioting and urban violence of November 2005. Then, Mr Sarkozy was blamed for lighting the fuse after referring to local youths as “racaille ” (rabble or scum). “If Sarkozy wins it’ll be a f****** mess on all the estates,” said one 17-year-old last week, in Clichy-sous-Bois where the rioting first erupted two years ago. “It’ll be worse than 2005”.