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2005-11-09 11:06:24

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France imposed emergency measures on Wednesday in 38 suburbs, towns and cities including Paris and police said a wave of riots was waning despite a 13th straight night of firebombs and torched cars. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin published a decree invoking a 50-year-old law that gives regional government officials the power to impose nightly curfews against the rioters, mainly protesting against unemployment and racism. A poll in Le Parisien...

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2005-11-09 10:07:01

PARIS -- France's government is policing cyberspace as well as rundown suburbs in the battle to end two weeks of rioting. Young rioters are using blog messages to incite violence and cellphones to organize attacks in guerrilla-like tactics they have copied from anti-globalisation protesters, security experts say. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has diverted resources to monitoring blogs -- short for Web logs -- in an effort to anticipate the movements of the protesters, who have set fire...

2005-11-07 14:40:30

By Anna Willard and Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - Rioters shot at police and torched more than 1,400 cars in the worst violence since unrest erupted in France's poor suburbs 11 days ago, and a man beaten by a youth became the first fatality on Monday. The rioters threw firebombs at two churches and attacked three schools on Sunday night, police said, hours after President Jacques Chirac vowed to defeat the troublemakers. The new violence prompted warnings that the unrest...

2005-11-07 08:53:17

By Anna Willard and Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - Rioters shot and wounded police and torched 1,400 vehicles in the worst violence since unrest erupted in France's poor suburbs 11 days ago, and a man beaten by a youth became the first fatality on Monday. France's worst violence in decades defied a vow by President Jacques Chirac to defeat the troublemakers and has grown worse daily since erupting in a Paris suburb on October 27, prompting warnings it could hit investment...

2005-11-07 05:36:16

By Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - More than 30 police were hurt and 800 vehicles burned in France's poor suburbs as unrest spread and intensified for an 11th night despite a vow by President Jacques Chirac to defeat it. In Grigny, south of Paris, youths lured police into a housing estate and attacked them with pellet guns. A police spokesman said about 10 were injured, two seriously with pellets in the neck and legs. The police union Action Police CFTC urged the government...

2005-11-07 02:18:17

By Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - Over 30 police were hurt and more than 800 vehicles burned overnight across France as unrest spread and intensified in the 11th night of violence in poor suburbs that President Jacques Chirac has vowed to defeat. The most shocking incident came in Grigny, south of Paris, where youths lured police onto a housing estate grounds and then attacked them with pellet guns. A police spokesman said about 10 were injured, two seriously with pellets...

2005-11-06 18:52:34

By Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - Rioters fired shots at police and set hundreds of cars ablaze in an 11th night of violence in France on Monday, hours after President Jacques Chirac vowed to restore order. Ten policemen were injured, two of them seriously, when a group of youths fired at police with shotguns in Grigny, south of Paris, police said. One officer was treated with lead shot wounds to the throat, another suffered injuries to one leg. "They really shot at...

2005-11-06 17:50:59

By Elizabeth Pineau and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac on Sunday vowed to restore order in France after riots in Paris spread across the country and began to unnerve his European neighbors. But in fresh violence late on Sunday, rioters shot and injured 10 policemen, two of them seriously, when they fired at security forces confronting 200 stone-throwers, police said. "The Republic is quite determined, by definition, to be stronger than those who want to sow...

2005-11-06 07:17:32

By Elisabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - Gangs of youths torched 1,300 vehicles overnight in the 10th consecutive night of violence in Paris's poor suburbs and major French towns, despite the deployment of thousands of extra police. Cars were burned out in the historic center of Paris for the first time on Saturday night. In the normally quiet Normandy town of Evreux, a shopping mall, 50 vehicles, a post office and two schools went up in flames. Authorities have so far found no way...

2005-11-06 04:59:42

By Elisabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - Gangs of youths torched more than 1,000 vehicles overnight in the tenth straight night of violence in Paris's poor suburbs, despite the deployment of thousands of extra police. In the past few days the rioting has been spreading to other French towns. On Saturday night, cars were burned out for the first time in central Paris, in the historic third district. And in the normally quiet Normandy town of Evreux, a shopping mall, 50 vehicles, a post...