Les Émeutes de Paris
The best place to go to see what the blogosphere is saying about the Paris riots is here. The right hand column has the most popular bloggers discussing the riots. The best list of news summaries regarding events in France is here. The best editorial I've seen on the riots is by Mark Steyn, available here. The best single article I have read explaining why Paris is burning is here.
One of the best recent background studies of Muslims in Europe is Joel Fetzer and Christopher Soper, Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany (Cambridge 2005), available here. According to Fetzer and Soper:
In contrast to Britain ... France has been far less accommodating to the religious needs of Muslims. France has rejected multiculturalism as an appropriate educational model in the state schools. Aside from [a few] short lessons ... French secondary schools learn nothing about Islam.... French Muslim leaders estimate that "hundreds" of Muslim young women have been expelled from public schools for refusing to remove the hijab. These young women are then forced to study by correspondence, rely on volunteer Muslim tutors, or abandon their education altogether.... The state has been vigorously secular and opposed to the notion that public institutions should be made to assist the religious practices of Muslims."The worst statistic I have seen is the spread of rioting as calculated by the loss of cars. The first three days of riots saw an average of 24 car losses per day. But this Friday there were 897 car losses, then 1,300 on Saturday, and 1,408 on Sunday. We can only hope the riots will not continue to spread at this pace.
UPDATE: Several comments criticize my reference to Mark Steyn's editorial. On reflection I can see why. I recommended it only because it strongly expresses the lack of assimilation and recognition of Muslim groups in France, and the impact that is having and will have in the future for France. But I agree that it is over the top in other regards, such as asserting that the future of Pakistan is more hopeful than Denmark or that this is a modern day Moorish battle akin to a new Dark Ages. Fiona de Londras at Mental Meanderings points to a better article in the Washington Post stating the same point without the hyperbole. She also has a nice critique of Steyn's piece on her blog which is worth a read.