The vandal was a boy of about my son's age, unknown to my son, so not from the village, and no prizes for guessing his ethnic origin. The kid ran off, but he picked the wrong target because my son went after him, brought him down and gave him a good beating.
I heartily applauded this action and rang the Police Municipal to report the event. They were as surprised as me because we don't have any dodgy immigrants here, so god knows where this kid sprang from. Anyway, they noted what happened and will be keeping their eyes open. The Police Municipal know all the kids around here as they are often patrolling around the schools and intervening in road and bike safety lessons. It would be great if they could pick him up and frighten the bejesus out of him.
Crime is on the increase in France. Last October, violent attacks increased by 9%, theft went up by 8% and financial infraction by 18%. Delinquency increased by 8% in one month and mobile phone theft is up too. French society is getting rougher, less safe and more violent. The Paris cités are the worst, but nowhere is safe nowadays. Not even my cosy village.
Interestingly, in a recent survey by Nouvelles de France, when asked if they would buy a gun on the black market if they could, two thirds of respondents replied in the affirmative. This corresponds with a survey carried out by Fox News in the US last month where two thirds of respondents said they would be prepared to break the law if guns were outlawed.
In case you're wondering, I replied 'no', but I could change my mind... if it came to it. One thing that is becoming clearer over time is the French state is an unreliable protector of its citizens, Holland inspires no confidence in anyone but a small number of the elite bobo Parisians, and ordinary folk are feeling increasingly insecure.
Anyway, let's not get too depressed. Here's Cyprien to cheer us all up with his own tale of woe about a stolen laptop.