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A French city has been shaken by a night of unrest in which youths burned cars, attacked a tramway and shot at police.

Feelings were running high in Grenoble after an earlier shootout in which a local man, accused of robbing a casino, was shot dead as he fled police.

Rioters went on the rampage in protest at his killing, targeting officers in a working-class suburb of the city.

“We were subjected to shots from these youths opposite us, about 30 hooded individuals armed with pistols,” said regional police chief Brigitte Julien.
“And then later, at around 4 o’clock in the morning, we clearly saw an individual taking aim with a rifle and firing on us.”

Police returned fire. Incredibly, no one was injured in the night of violence but several arrests were made.

The riot brings to mind civil unrest that exploded in the suburbs surrounding France’s main cities in 2005.

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