Eric Raoult, mayor of the eastern Paris suburb of Raincy, did not like being at the receiving end of outside attention. "Last night, Japanese television and Turkish television were in my city hall telling me what should be done. That hurts me," he said.
"American newspapers don't hesitate to compare Paris to Baghdad or Seine Saint Denis to the Gaza Strip and to call the crisis a 'Katrina of social disasters'," an editorial fumed in a reference to the recent hurricane.
Other commentators objected to the way foreign media stress the ethnic backgrounds of the rioters and the racial discrimination they complain about, issues less prominent In France because it officially does not recognise it has minority communities.
"CNN runs the headline 'French Violence' on its website" Le Monde noted disapprovingly.
Cabinet member, Labour Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, has sayed the critical reporting was meant to hit back at France for opposing the U.S.-led Iraq war.
So there mad for the media telling the truth? Somehow Muslim riots in its own borders are a "hit back at France for opposing the U.S.-led Iraq war?" I'm sure I know what the next step is, loss of the freedom of the press for "Security Issues", socialist revolution.