November 27, 2007 / 6:21 PM / in 12 years

French riots: blog reveals life of crash victim

PARIS (Reuters) - One of the two victims of a moped crash that sparked two days of rioting in a Paris suburb presented himself as a confident teenager scornful of conformists on his blog before his death.

A blog posted under the pseudonym of Chamoo in a screengrab taken November 27, 2007. One of the two victims of a moped crash that sparked two days of rioting in a Paris suburb presented himself as a confident teenager scornful of conformists on his blog before his death. REUTERS/http://chamo6.skyrock.com/

He also confided that he loved his mum and, like most youths his age, he was looking for a steady girlfriend.

The boy whom French media have identified as Moushin, 15, was killed on Sunday with a 16-year old friend in Villiers-le-Bel, when their moped collided with a police car.

Their death sparked two nights of violence, bringing back memories of 2005 riots when youths angry about discrimination torched thousands of cars after two teenagers died electrocuted in a power sub-station after apparently fleeing police.

"You're laughing at me because I'm different," Moushin, who is of immigrant descent, wrote under the pseudonym of Chamoo on his blog (chamo6.skyrock.com/). "But I'm laughing at you because you're all the same."

Many youths in the poor and ethnically diverse suburbs, where unemployment runs up to 40 percent, say they feel discriminated against by police and marginalized by mainstream society.

Posing with sunglasses and a big silver chain around his neck on his blog pictures, Chamoo described himself as a “calm” personality who lived with his parents.

Often using street slang expressions in his entries, he said he did not smoke and liked “bills, coins, cash and checks”.

One picture features Chamoo in shorts sitting on a camel in what looks like a holiday shot, smiling shyly at the camera.

Underneath a photo showing two people getting married, he wrote: “This is for the serious girl who will make me fall in love with her. Maybe it’s you? But in any case, the one I love more than anyone else and who is the most beautiful, that’s my mum, who I love so much.”

The blog was given a wider audience when its existence was revealed on Tuesday by the L’Express news weekly, which told Reuters that friends of Moushin had directed them to the site.

Authorities are still investigating the crash that sparked the unrest. The local prosecutor said it was a traffic accident although some relatives and friends of the boys have questioned police actions after the crash and how quickly help arrived.

“Damn, you make me cry,” someone calling himself khalil wrote on Chamoo’s blog. “Don’t worry. You will be revenged.”

“...All my condolences,” wrote a user called x-Kowkow-Cendrillon-x. “To lose someone. That’s too hard.”

Police have stepped up security in north Paris suburbs to prevent a third night of violence and President Nicolas Sarkozy is to hold a meeting with senior ministers on the case on Wednesday. Around 80 police were injured overnight.

Chamoo, who last logged onto his blog the day before his death, wrote in one entry: “Whether people talk well or badly about me, the important thing is that they talk about it.”

Reporting by Kerstin Gehmlich; Editing by Jon Boyle and Charles Dick

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