French ministers have approved widespread curfews not seen in France since the Algerian war of 1954 to 1962. This after riots took place for the 12th successive night in the suburbs of several big cities, with just under 1,200 vehicles set on fire.
The government of Dominique de Villepin is under growing pressure to deal with the violence quickly. The opposition socialists say invoking a curfew law passed during the Algerian war was not the best solution for fighting unrest among young people of mostly North African Arab origin. Villepin has promised to bring in 1,500 extra police and gendarmes to back up the 8,000 officers already deployed.