French Election in a Nutshell [LINK]
There's a certain poetic quality to this paragraph from the New York Times. It opens like a flower, then turns in on itself:
Hours after the election results were announced, the police fired tear gas at crowds throwing bottles at Place de la Bastille in Paris. There were minor outbreaks of violence in some suburbs, with some youths burning cars, the police said. But the clashes were not significantly different from most weekends, the police said.