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Violence erupts again in French suburbs

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Violence erupts again in French suburbs


Bus drivers in a southern Paris suburb have gone on strike after one of their vehicles was set on fire by a gang of youths on Sunday. The passengers were ordered off the bus before it was torched. No one was injured. A 13 and an 18-year old have been arrested in connection with the incident in Grigny.

It is the latest violence to hit France’s volatile suburbs in the last weeks, including an ambush which left one police officer seriously wounded.

“I want to get out of here if I can afford it,” said one mother. “I’m sick of living here.”

“It was quiet for a while. Why does it have to start again today?,” asked another resident.

The renewed violence comes nearly a year after riots broke out nationwide, highlighting the problems of racism and discrimination faced by France’s poor, unemployed youths.

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