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Chirac says restoring public order is the absolute priority

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French President Jacques Chirac has condemned those responsible for the violence which has held the nation in its grip for the 11th night in a row.Speaking after a ministerial meeting in Paris, he promised that restoring public order and security is top of the agenda.Police unions are calling for the army to be drafted in as reinforcement, and for a curfew to be imposed after officers were shot at by rioters.

Meanwhile, one of France’s largest Islamic groups has issued a fatwa against the violence after officials suggested muslim militants could be to blame. Interior minister Nicholas Sarkozy and other officials have hinted that angry teenagers are being manipulated by those with a political agenda.