Apparently, 730 cars were torched and 78 policemen hurt. That sounds like a lot of violence.
But, keep reading and things get more interesting:
[A government memo] added that the level of violence was above that usually seen on July 14 Bastille Day, France's national holiday, "but below that of New Year's celebrations."
Police say on an average just over 100 cars are set ablaze in France each night.
100 cars a night? Less violence than New Years?
A law-and-order vote is starting to make more sense to me. Turnout rates about 85%(!!!) are starting to make more sense to me. The US had turnout just above 60% in 2004.
This was one heck of a vote.