A year ago was the start of the month-long riots in France. The violence in the mostly Muslim suburbs of Paris and other cities never really ended, they just subsided a bit.
But in recent weeks, as I've reported here, they have escalted to ambushing police, then burning busses, now burning people on busses along with the bus.
A group of teenagers reportedly forced open the doors of the bus vehicle and threw a flammable liquid inside before fleeing.
A 26-year-old French woman of Senegalese origin was unable to escape and suffered burns to 70% of her body.
About 200 vehicles were set alight in incidents around the country on Saturday, and nearly 50 people were arrested.
While many in law-enforment are calling this year-long seige an intifada, many in France are in denial that it is Muslims, and not even first-generation immigrant Muslims that are to blame. They attribute these problems to the generic "poor immigrants".
France has seen a recent rise in such attacks, a year after a wave of rioting rocked its impoverished suburbs.
Gangs of youths, many of them of immigrant descent, torched cars and clashed with police during three weeks of unrest last year.
But clearly France does not believe these are random attacks. A new law will not only prosecute the perpetrators, but also those who encourage the violence
Existing laws would be broadened to punish all those who are "involved in and encourage" such attacks, not just the perpetrators, Mr de Villepin said.
And who would those instigators be? The government must have something in mind.
The 2005 Ramadan Riots, which saw some 10,000 cars torched and 300 buildings firebombed, have been followed by a yearlong, lower-grade rolling riot - what some in the French police are calling a "permanent intifada." Nationwide, this works out to 15 attacks a day on police and firefighters, and 100 cars set ablaze nightly. And for the first time, the police are being subject to well-planned ambushes.
So when the Oct. 27 anniversary of last year's violence was met with "only" 277 torched cars, the Interior Ministry declared it "relatively calm."