For Americans, it’s baseball. For the British, it’s cricket. And for the French, well, it must be the season for burning cars and attacking police. French “youth” have rioted for the past two days over the economy, hoping to get French President Nicolas Sarkozy to restore some of the cushy job protections that he has ended in hopes of reforming the French economy towards growth:

I like Shep Smith’s sardonic introduction best. French car-burning riots barely qualify as news any longer, at least not until the number hits more than 200 vehicles lost in a night.  In fact, isn’t the entire notion of destroying assets in protests over a bad economy somewhat self-defeating?

And this comes from the most organized-labor friendly nation in the West.  If the French don’t have card check, it’s only because they’ve already unionized the main part of the national workforce.  Imagine, if you will, what American streets would look like if the unions here had that kind of influence …