Well, I had planned to ask "Is Paris burning?" but Mark in Mexico has done a more thorough job that I had contemplated here and answers the question.
Really, it's what you need to know about the riots in France.
Go, read it. (Hat tip to Jack Yoest)
Oh, and you might want to read this from Jihad Watch. Hmmm.
The whole world is watching.
UPDATE: The "youths" have a communications network:
There appeared to be no coordination among gangs in different areas, Hamon said. Within gangs, however, youths communicated by cell phone text messages or e-mails and warned each other about police, he said.How long before they communicate with different areas?