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Arson attacks spread in French regions

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Arson attacks spread in French regions


In towns and cities across France, the riots continued last night, with schools, libraries, cars and even churches once more the target of angry youths.

Toulouse, Lyon and Saint Etienne all suffered arson attacks although in Paris, where the riots began, the night was relatively quiet. There were 330 arrests. The protests, which began after the accidental deaths of two teenagers of African origin, quickly grew into widespread demonstrations against the racism and lack of opportunities that plague many of France’s poor estates. Local mayors have welcomed the introduction of curfew powers, which have been approved today by the government. In one of the most dangerous incidents of the night, a gang of youths, aged between 15 and 20, boarded a bus and ordered the driver and passengers off, before setting it on fire.
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