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Posted on 11/05/2005 3:37:50 PM PST by blam
French violence enters 10th night
Nearly 900 vehicles were burnt on Friday night
Urban violence in France has entered a 10th night, with fresh arson attacks in suburbs of Paris and elsewhere. Reports say that the Essonne region south of the capital and the southwestern city of Toulouse are the latest to be affected.
The attacks came as the French authorities said they were determined to stop the unrest.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy warned of stiffer jail sentences for arsonists following Friday's damage.
Nearly 900 vehicles were set on fire, as incidents were reported in Nice, Lille, Marseille and Dijon as well as in the Paris area. About 250 youths were arrested.
What I want from the authorities, from Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, the prime minister and senior officials are words of peace
Unrest began after the deaths of two youths in a rundown suburb of Paris.
Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were accidentally electrocuted at an electricity sub-station in Clichy-sous-Bois after reportedly fleeing from police in an incident now being investigated.
Firefighters were called in to deal with a blaze which destroyed half a pre-school in Grigny, Essonne region, AFP news agency reported. A primary school was also slightly damaged.
A recycling facility was attacked, with 800 sq m of paper going up in flames.
Two teenagers in the suburb of Drancy northeast of Paris were handed over to police after they tried to set fire to a truck.
In Toulouse, firefighters reported 14 incidents in a second night of attacks.
During the day hundreds of people joined marches in Paris suburbs to protest against the violence.
In Aulnay-sous-Bois, which has seen some of the worst of the rioting, residents walked past burnt out vehicles and buildings with banners reading "No to violence" and "Yes to dialogue".
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin met eight key ministers and the head of the Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur.
After the meeting, Mr Boubakeur urged a change in tone from the government.
"What I want from the authorities, from Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, the prime minister and senior officials are words of peace," he said.
Mr de Villepin has been holding a series of meetings with public figures and ordinary people from the affected areas as he seeks an end to the crisis.
Mr Sarkozy's description of rioters last week as "scum" (racaille) is said by many to have aggravated the situation - which was further inflamed by reports that a police tear gas grenade had gone off near a mosque.
During Friday night's unrest rioters tended to avoid direct clashes with police, but arson attacks were widespread:
What a shame...the newspapers won't be able to run.
They should appeal to the UN for help.
I'm taking bets now. How many nights? My guess is 14.
Excellent idea! UN Peace Keepers in Parislamabad! Sweet.
the slimes is the best.
argentinian riots page one, big picture.
ten days of french riots buried by the obituary column.
But I thought being nice to the terrorists would keep the French safe from them.
What an excellent idea!!!!! I'm sure all the "troubled youth" are just shamed by such a display....the guilt they must feel....surely it will make them stay home and watch 'Leave it to Beaver'.
What a bunch of pansies. Can anyone in their wildest dreams see something like this happening in Texas? Of course not! These "troubled youth" would have been dealt after the first hour.
France is such a socialist cesspool.
Or better yet, appeal to John Kerry.
Mais oui! After the appropriate committee has referred to a subcommittee and the subcommittee refers it to a task force who refers it to a special commission who refers it to an expert panel for consideration, maybe it could then be passed along to the appropriate committee to refer to the subcommittee for consideration as to whether it should hear submissions about recommending it to the committee for recommending listing the matter for action by the Security Council, of course.
For sure, great idea. Maybe they can come up with a "Land for Peace" program.
The mooligans have promised 40.
I've got a SERIOUS case of Seeitoldyaitis going on over here. Maybe I should put some ice on it.
"You're under arrest" might work better than the "We surrender" he's going to hear.
21 days and this is a diversion to deflect attention from Jihadists entering France with real weapons.
read it aloud in my best pepe lepeu voice
If the west keeps buying into this excrement issued from these vermin, the west will cease to exist.
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