France’s parliament has been hearing details of the government’s action plan to end the wave of rioting that has swept the country. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin addressed the chamber, announcing details of emergency measures allowing curfews to be imposed. It follows a special cabinet meeting called to discuss the crisis.
The premier warned that putting a stop to the nightly unrest would not be easy, saying that the authorities were dealing with “determined individuals, structured gangs and organised crime.” “It will take time to re-establish order. Thorough work will be needed. It will be a long-drawn-out job,” he told parliament. After the 12th successive night of disturbances, the government hopes its package of measures will make a difference.
Up to two months imprisonment could face anyone defying a curfew order, imposed by a local authority. The prime minister also announced increased social help for deprived areas, including measures to tackle youth unemployment.