International media react to police forcibly evicting immigrants
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It took almost a week before the international media took notice of last month's controversial video of French riot police forcibly evicting immigrants from a housing settlement outside of Paris. Reactions since have been strong and varied.
The story of French riot police forcibly evicting a group of immigrants from an illegal encampment first broke on Wednesday, July 21, and while it received significant exposure in the French media, it took time to pick up traction with the international media.
It was almost a week later before the popular viral video began to make its way across the Web and on to the agenda of the world’s leading English-language news outlets.
The news reports were considerably less provocative than the headlines though some media ran editorials that were significantly more opinionated. Guardian (UK) columnist Nabila Ramdani wrote a stinging indictment of Nicolas Sarkozy, accusing the French president of racial intolerance that led to the violence depicted in the video, “Even by the standards of French "community" policing, it is a desperately harrowing video,” she wrote.
critical of Sarkozy and sympathetic to the demonstrators, a lot of the reader comments on those stories portray an entirely different perspective. User Tanner Baldus' comments on the popular U.S. news site “The Huffington Post” highlighted the ambivalence shared by other readers over claims that police used excessive force: