Michel Thoomis, the secretary general of the hardline Action Police trade union, has written to Mr Sarkozy warning of an "intifada" on the estates and demanding that officers be given armoured cars in the most dangerous areas.
He said yesterday: "We are in a state of civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists. This is not a question of urban violence any more, it is an intifada, with stones and Molotov cocktails. You no longer see two or three youths confronting police, you see whole tower blocks emptying into the streets to set their 'comrades' free when they are arrested."
A few days ago 3 officers were savagely attacked by a group of 30 Muslim men who poured out of a building to assist a Muslim man who was being arrested by the 3 officers. One officer sustained a 20 stitch cut on his head and another lost most of his teeth during the melee.
The answer to this problem is obvious.