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Cars burnt in riots in Paris suburbs are taken to a breakers yard.
PARIS, France (CNN) — French Prime
Minister Dominique de Villepin has said curfews can now be enforced
wherever needed and 9,500 police officers are being deployed in a bid
to stop rioting across France.
The announcement on Monday
came as rioters in the southern city of Toulouse attacked an empty bus
and threw firebombs and rocks at police. A 61-year-old man also became
the first to die in 12 days of civil unrest that has shocked the
“Wherever it is necessary, prefects will be able to put
in place a curfew under the authority of the interior minister, if they
think it will be useful to permit a return to calm and ensure the
protection of residents. That is our number one responsibility,”
Villepin said on TF1 television, The Associated Press reported.
Jacques Le Chenadec, 61, was beaten as he tried to put out a trash can
fire on Friday in the north Paris suburb of Stains, the French Foreign
He had been in a coma since the attack near his home died in a hospital of his wounds, a ministry spokesman said.
rioting started in Paris after two black teenagers were electrocuted on
October 27. Local residents blamed the police for chasing the youths;
police denied they were in pursuit.
The disturbances have since
spread around the country among disaffected youths, mostly of Muslim or
African origin, to become France’s worst civil unrest in over a decade.
Even before de Villepin’s announcement, officials in the riot-hit Paris
suburban town of Raincy said they were preparing to enforce a nighttime
curfew. (Paris has simmered)
were also growing Monday that the unrest could take hold elsewhere in
Europe. Five cars have been torched in both Brussels and Berlin and
police said they were they were investigating if they were copycat
attacks. (Full story)
from protests across France hit a new peak overnight, as rioters burned
1,408 vehicles in 274 towns, France’s national police chief said. More
than 4,300 vehicles have been burned since the riots began 11 days ago.
The figure was an increase from the night before, when 1,295
vehicles were burned, Michel Gaudin told a news conference. He said
that police made 395 arrests overnight Sunday-Monday, up from 345 the
Ten riot police were injured by youths firing
fine-grain birdshot in the southern Paris suburb of Grigny, national
police spokesman Patrick Hamon said.
Two were hospitalized but
their lives were not in danger, he said. It was the first time police
were injured by weapons fire since the unrest started.
witnessing a sort of shock wave that is spreading across the country,”
Gaudin said, noting that the violence appeared to be sliding away from
Paris and worsening elsewhere in France.
The violence came in
open defiance to a warning by French President Jacques Chirac who
pledged to clamp down on the troublemakers.
But on Monday he was
conciliatory in private comments, acknowledging that France had failed
to integrate the French-born children of Arab and black African
immigrants, according to Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who
met the French leader on Monday.
She said Chirac “deplored the
fact that in these neighborhoods there is a ghettoization of youths of
African or North African origin” and recognized “the incapacity of
French society to fully accept them,” The Associated Press reported.
Chirac said unemployment was up to 40 percent in some suburbs, four times the national average, Vike-Freiberga said.
list of cities attacked is growing — from Lille in the north to Rouen
and Orleans in the west, to the Mediterranean cities of Nice and
Cannes, to Strasbourg and Colmar in the east, with youths attacking
shops, schools and a police station.
CNN correspondents have said renegade youths have turned neighborhoods into no-go zones, even in the daytime.
the worst incidents reported — rocks thrown at two buses hit a
13-month-old child in Colombe, an official with the Interior Ministry
said. The child was in serious condition.
In the northern city of
Rouen, a police barricade was set afire and a burning car was pushed
into the police station; and in Strasbourg, near the German border, a
school was torched.
A church was set ablaze in the southern
fishing town of Sete and another in nearby Lens, Pas de Calais; two
schools in the southeastern town of Saint-Etienne and a police station
in the central France town of Clermont-Ferrand were torched, as was a
social center in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis.
have been calls by opposition groups on the left, including the Green
Party and the Communist Party, for Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to
resign after he called the rioters “scum” last week — language that
inflamed the vandalism. (Watch French teens explain why they’re angry — 2:08)
spreading violence has shocked national leaders and community residents
into action, with mediators and religious leaders talking to the youths
in an effort to stop the violence.
French Muslim groups also issued a fatwa against the violence, according to Reuters news agency. (Full story)
The Union of French Islamic Organizations (UOIF) condemned the disorder and destruction the riots had caused.
Austria, Britain, Germany and Hungary advised their citizens to
exercise care in France, joining the United States and Russia in
warning tourists to stay away from violence-hit areas.
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