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2006-05-29 22:42:07

PARIS (Reuters) - Around a hundred youths clashed with police during the night after setting fire to cars and rubbish bins in a Paris suburb that was the scene of violent riots last November, a local official said on Tuesday. Seven police officers were slightly injured and six youths were arrested in a neighbourhood of Seine-Saint-Denis in confrontations that started at about 2030 GMT on Monday evening, according to a security official from the suburb to the North of the French...

2006-03-24 11:48:47

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and French unions failed to break the deadlock over a youth labor law on Friday at a first meeting called to discuss a crisis that has triggered mass protests and sporadic riots. Villepin said the 90 minutes of talks were "an important first step" and hoped for more discussions in the coming days but made it clear he would not heed the call of hundreds of thousands of protesters to dump the CPE First Job...

2006-03-23 12:01:12

PARIS (Reuters) - French youths torched cars, looted shops and stoned police at the end of a rally against a youth job law in the center of Paris on Thursday, Reuters witnesses said. Fire-fighters doused the front door of a six-storey apartment building set on fire in rue Fabert close to the Invalides area in central Paris, near the Foreign Ministry, a Reuters correspondent said. Police fired tear gas in an effort to contain the violence that erupted after thousands of students and...

2006-03-11 13:27:50

By Tim Hepher and Dominique Rodriguez PARIS (Reuters) - Riot police stood guard at Paris's Sorbonne university after breaking up a three-day sit-in there on Saturday and a clean-up operation began as France tried to quell student protests over job reforms. Education Minister Gilles de Robien visited ransacked offices and held up torn books at the birthplace of France's May 1968 student protest movement, hours after police in riot gear stormed the building and ejected about 200...

2006-01-30 14:29:02

PARIS (Reuters) - The number of anti-Semitic and other racist attacks dropped sharply in France last year, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Monday, announcing more measures to fight discrimination. Anti-Semitic threats and attacks decreased by 47 percent in 2005, compared to the year before, while other racist and xenophobic acts dropped by 22 percent during the same period, Villepin's office said in a statement. "(The prime minister) has called on his ministers to remain...

2006-01-03 08:19:17

PARIS (Reuters) - France's conservative government lifted a state of emergency on Tuesday that was introduced last November to help quell rioting by youths in rundown suburbs that was the worst violence in the country in nearly 40 years. The decision was made after calmer than expected New Year celebrations that officials had feared might trigger new violent protests against racism and unemployment by youths of African and Arab origin, as well as whites living in the poor areas. The...

2006-01-01 06:38:12

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French police said on Sunday they were relieved that expected violence failed to materialize on New Year's Eve, just weeks after the worst rioting in France in nearly 40 years. The government deployed 25,000 police to keep the peace, slightly more than last year, in case festivities led to the kind of violence and vandalism which captured headlines around the world in October and November. There was a rise in the number of car burnings and arrests...

2005-12-15 02:02:52

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Racial tensions in Sydney that erupted into violence this week have been fueled by fear due to the war on terrorism, alienation, ignorance, territorialism and youthful arrogance, social commentators say. Australia is a nation built of migrants, where more than 200 languages are spoken. But there is an underlying ignorance among ethnic groups, especially between white and Arab groups. Tensions have been simmering for years between the two groups,...

2005-12-01 09:40:18

By Helene Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) - France unveiled plans on Thursday to give youngsters in poor suburbs a better education and equal opportunities after its worst urban rioting in almost 40 years, and said it would punish discrimination with swinging fines. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who used emergency measures to quell the unrest, is now under pressure to show he can tackle the problems behind three weeks of rioting, mostly by youths of African or Arab origin. He said...

2005-11-29 12:31:43

By Helene Fontanaud PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced plans on Tuesday to tighten immigration controls in response to France's worst urban rioting in almost 40 years. He proposed a longer wait for citizenship for foreigners who marry French people, a tougher selection process for students visiting France and close checks on immigration by families joining a foreign worker already living in the country. "The government will act firmly and with a sense...


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'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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