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Sunday, November 06, 2005

10 French officers wounded by gunfire in skirmish, two seriously

If you're tempted to say France is beginning to sound like a bad day in Iraq, I won't try to talk you out of it. (BBC)

Of course, by skirmish I mean rioters firing at police. The police, as far as I know, haven't fired real bullets yet. Nor have I heard of any injuries due to rubber bullets or tear gas.

Chirac pledges to defeat rioters

President Jacques Chirac says France is determined to prevail in the face of widespread rioting that has gripped mostly African and Arab communities.
Mr Chirac spoke after chairing crisis talks following the 10th - and worst - night of violence, arson and looting.

He said it was an "absolute priority" to re-establish order. But soon after, fresh unrest erupted in several cities.

In Grigny, south of Paris, rioters fired shots at police, injuring 10 police officers, two of them seriously.

Violent attacks were also reported in Orleans, Rennes and Nantes.

Rioters burnt nearly 1,300 cars and more than 300 arrests were made on Saturday night from the cities of Nice to Strasbourg.

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