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Second night of violence in French city

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Second night of violence in French city


A second night of unrest has rocked the French city of Grenoble despite a massive security presence.

Hundreds of extra police were deployed in response to riots the previous night when shots were fired at officers and dozens of cars torched.

But despite air cover, police were again targeted by gunfire in a working class suburb. Around 20 people are in custody.

Violence first flared on Friday after a local man died fleeing police after allegedly holding up a casino.

It has all left local residents in shock.

“In the morning when you get up, when you see burned out cars, it is, really, rather traumatic,” said one man.

But another expressed anger at the police.

“The helicopter going round at midnight or one o’clock in the morning, and doing circuits with the searchlight, that is extreme! It is not the right thing to do,” he said, accusing the police of provoking youths.

It was calmer than the previous night. But France is no stranger to riots. And the fear of further unrest remains amid high unemployment, few opportunities and a sense of exclusion from society for many who live in its troubled suburbs.

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