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2005-11-17 05:22:38

PARIS (Reuters) - Urban violence has dropped to normal levels in France after three weeks of unrest in its run-down suburbs, police said on Thursday. Ninety-eight vehicles were set ablaze on Wednesday night, a sharp drop from the peak of the violence when about 1,400 vehicles were torched on the night of November 6. Police detained 33 people during the night. "The situation has returned to normal because about 100 vehicles are set on fire each night in France," a police spokesman...

2005-11-14 04:44:49

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - The French government said on Monday it would ask parliament to grant a three month extension to emergency powers it invoked to help curb the worst urban violence in almost 40 years. Although the violence dropped again overnight, police said youths destroyed 374 vehicles in petrol bomb attacks in the 18th straight night of unrest in poor suburbs in the Paris region and major provincial cities. Disturbances erupted on October 27 with the deaths of...

2005-11-13 20:02:58

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - The French government will consider on Monday whether to extend emergency measures aimed at ending the worst rioting in nearly 40 years by youths protesting about a lack of jobs and opportunities. Civil unrest began in suburbs around major towns and cities more than two weeks ago but has lessened considerably since November 8 when Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin imposed measures including curfews for 12 days. Villepin's cabinet was due to meet...

2005-11-13 17:14:36

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - France's worst rioting in nearly 40 years seemed to be waning on Sunday, police said, though youths torched vehicles in the southwestern city of Toulouse. Cars set ablaze in France were down by a quarter on Saturday on the previous night and fears that violence would grip central Paris proved unfounded after rallies were banned in the capital. "Things could calm down very, very quickly," national police service chief Michel Gaudin told reporters in...

2005-11-13 10:03:37

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - A drop in violence in France fueled police hopes on Sunday that curfews and other security measures have curbed the country's worst wave of urban unrest in four decades. Authorities in Lyon banned gatherings by large groups after police fired tear gas on Saturday to break up the first disturbances in a city center since angry youths began rioting in France's impoverished suburbs on October 27. But cars set ablaze across France were down by a quarter...

2005-11-13 06:24:36

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - A sharp drop in violence across France fueled police hopes on Sunday that curfews and other measures have curbed the worst wave of urban unrest since 1968, despite the first clash in a major city center. Police fired tear gas to disperse angry youths in Lyon on the 17th successive night of unrest. But cars set ablaze across France were down by a quarter on the previous night and fears of a big surge in violence over the weekend proved unfounded. The...

2005-11-12 17:29:15

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French security forces fired tear gas to disperse youths in Lyon on Saturday in the first sign of unrest in a city center after more than two weeks of civil disturbances in outlying suburbs of towns and cities. Ten people were arrested in France's second city after 50 youths attacked stalls and damaged vehicles, police and witnesses said, adding that the situation later calmed down. In a 17th night of violence, 76 cars were torched around the...

2005-11-12 16:35:02

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French security forces fired tear gas to disperse youths in Lyon on Saturday in the first sign of unrest in a city center after more than two weeks of civil disturbances in outlying suburbs of towns and cities. Ten people were arrested in France's second city after 50 youths attacked stalls and damaged vehicles, police and witnesses said, adding that the situation later calmed down. After violence rose slightly on Friday, the 16th night of...

2005-11-11 11:35:55

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - Police banned any gathering that might provoke disorder in Paris this weekend, saying they had been warned violence was planned for Saturday after two weeks of rioting across France. The intensity of France's most serious unrest in four decades has dropped since President Jacques Chirac's government adopted emergency measures including curfews on Tuesday to curb unrest by youngsters complaining of racism and unemployment. But there was a rise in...

2005-11-11 03:03:41

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - France began a holiday weekend on Friday that will test a downward trend in violence since the government imposed emergency measures against rioters angered by conditions in the country's poorest suburbs. Police said 395 vehicles were set ablaze and 168 people were detained by 4 a.m. (0300 GMT) on the 15th consecutive night of disturbances that have put pressure on the conservative government -- a similar level of violence to Wednesday night. The...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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