An unfortunate series of events led to a riot in Gare du Nord yesterday. A 33 year old man who'd jumped over the barrier without paying for his ticket was confronted by ticket inspectors. He punched one of them. The police were called and he was arrested but the onlooking crowd thought he was handled rather roughly. A riot ensued with a 100 people involved in turning over vending machines and rubbish bins finally tear gas was used to quell the trouble. Full story is here.
Today as I passed through Gare du Nord the place was swarming with police some were even armed! And all this because a man didn't want to spend 1 Euro 30 Cents for a ticket.
Remember that even the smallest of gests can trigger frightful consequences.