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    Rioting Spreads From Paris Across France

    Rioting Spreads From Paris Across France

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051105/...france_rioting

    (Gold9472: This seems to be getting out of control.)

    By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 44 minutes ago

    AUBERVILLIERS, France - Marauding youths torched nearly 900 vehicles, stoned paramedics and burned a nursery school in a ninth night of violence that spread from Paris suburbs to towns around France, police said Saturday. Authorities arrested more than 250 people overnight — a sweep unprecedented since the unrest began.

    For the first time, authorities used a helicopter to chase down youths armed with gasoline bombs who raced from arson attack to arson attack, national police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.

    The violence, which was concentrated in neighborhoods with large African and Muslim populations but has since spread, has forced France to address the simmering anger of its suburbs, where immigrants and their French-born children live on the margins of society.

    With 897 vehicles destroyed by daybreak Saturday, it was the worst one-day toll since unrest broke out after the Oct. 27 accidental electrocution of two teenagers who believed police were chasing them. Five hundred cars were burned a night earlier.

    In a particularly malevolent turn, youths in the eastern Paris suburb of Meaux prevented paramedics from evacuating a sick person from a housing project, pelting rescuers with rocks and torching the awaiting ambulance, an Interior Ministry official said.

    A nursery school was badly burned in Acheres, west of Paris.

    The town had previously escaped the violence, the worst rioting in at least a decade in France. Some residents demanded that the army be deployed, or that citizens band together to protect their neighborhoods. At the school gate, Mayor Alain Outreman tried to calm tempers.

    "We are not going to start militias," he said. "You would have to be everywhere."

    Unrest, mainly arson, was reported in the northern city of Lille, in Toulouse in the southwest and in the Normandy city of Rouen. It was the second night that troubles spread beyond the difficult Paris suburbs.

    In Suresnes, a normally calm town just west of the capital, 44 cars were burned in a lot.

    On Saturday morning, more than 1,000 people took part in a silent march in one of the worst-hit suburbs, Aulnay-sous-Bois. One banner read: "No to violence."

    Police detained 258 people overnight, almost all in the Paris region, and dozens of them will be prosecuted, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said after a government crisis meeting.

    "Violence penalizes those who live in the toughest conditions," he said. "Violence is not the solution."

    Most attacks have been in towns with low-income housing projects, areas marked by high unemployment, crime and despair. But in a new development, gangs have left their heavily policed neighborhoods to attack others with fewer police, spreading the violence.

    Police deployed overnight in smaller, more mobile teams to chase rioters getting around in cars and on motorcycles, said Hamon, the police spokesman.

    There appeared to be no coordination among gangs in different areas, Hamon said. Within gangs, however, youths communicated by cell phone text messages or e-mails and warned each other about police, he said.

    Anger against police was fanned days ago when a tear gas bomb exploded in a mosque in Clichy-sous-Bois, north of Paris — the same surburb where the youths were electrocuted. Youths suspected a police operation, but Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin met Saturday with the head of the Paris mosque and denied that police were to blame.

    The persistence of the violence prompted the American and Russian governments to advise citizens visiting Paris to steer clear of the suburbs.

    In Torcy, east of the capital, looters set fire to a youth center and a police station, which were gutted, city hall said. An incendiary device was tossed at the wall of a synagogue in Pierrefitte, northwest of Paris.

    A police officer at the Interior Ministry operations center said bullets were fired into a vandalized bus in Sarcelles, north of Paris.

    Firefighters battled a furious blaze at a carpet warehouse in Aubervilliers, on the northern edge of Paris.
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    911=inside job Guest
    maybe the cops shouldnt kill young poor kids!!!!!!

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    jetsetlemming Guest
    The cops didn't kill those kids. They were chasing them, and the kids tried to climb an electric fence. That happened after the riots started, as well. I heard a french guy on tv compare this to the L.A. Rondey King riots, and it certainly seems that way.

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    hey look, another bullshit post by jetsdouche!!!!

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    beltman713 Guest
    I expect they will bring in the military before too long. Martial law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 911=inside job
    hey look, another bullshit post by jetsdouche!!!!
    HAHAHA....let the beatings begin!


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    French violence enters 10th night

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4411192.stm

    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.

    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.

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    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:
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    Did anybody see "War Of The Worlds"? That riot scene was actually scary to me.
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    This shit is going to continue to spiral out of control until the military is finally called in. Then you will see people being shot down in the streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beltman713
    This shit is going to continue to spiral out of control until the military is finally called in. Then you will see people being shot down in the streets.
    I hope not... though... I do understand the anger.
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