ITWASSOOTED: Riots erupt in more Paris suburbs

Friday, November 04, 2005

Riots erupt in more Paris suburbs

Class warfare erupting?
Day Eight! of riots are going on in Paris.. a friend called on the phone to tell me. I found the following articles in the BBC and Bloombergs:

Nicolas Sarkozy
French Interior Minister is quoted as saying:
"When you fire real bullets at police, you're not a 'youth', you're a thug."
Riots erupt in more Paris suburbs

Rioting has spread to more suburbs of Paris on a sixth night of unrest in the north-east of the French capital.

At Aulnay-sous-Bois, at least 15 cars were torched as youths hurled stones and firebombs. Police fired rubber bullets and arrested 34 people.

Although the initial flashpoint of Clichy-sous-Bois stayed calm, trouble spread across much of north-east Paris.

Unrest has flared since two north African boys died. Local people say they had been fleeing the police.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy have delayed trips abroad to try to calm the situation.

Both met relatives of victims, police officials and community leaders on Tuesday in an effort to calm tensions. But fresh violence broke out even as the pair opened talks.
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