French youths fight police and attack mayor's house
Wednesday 31 May 2006
Two incidents in the past few days have raised fears of a renewed spiral of urban violence and racial tension in the greater Paris area.
In the first incident, 100youths fought police in the early hours of yesterday morning in the suburbs north-east of Paris after they stoned the home of a local mayor.
In Montfermeil, a racially mixed group of youths from a nearby housing estate stoned the home of Xavier Lemoine, apparently in protest against a decree banning groups of youths from the streets of his town. Police said later that there had been scenes of violence. Seven of the 250 policemen called to the scene were injured. Three people were arrested.
The riots took place close to a deprived housing estate called Les Bousquets, which was the origin of suburban riots last November that eventually spread across the country.
In the second incident, a gang of black militants invaded the old Jewish quarter in the centre of Paris last weekend, looking for confrontation with Jewish youths and hurling racial insults at passers-by. The 30 members of Tribu KA, a radical group which follows the teachings of black American Louis Farrakhan, insulted Jewish passers-by and unsuccessfully sought out members of two radical Jewish youth groups. There was no violence but many Jewish residents and shopkeepers in the Rue des Rosiers area said they had felt intimidated. The gang warned it would returnevery Sunday.
There were expressions of outrage from anti-racist groups and all political parties, and the Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, called for a ban on an internet site run by Tribu KAon the ground that it was stirring up anti-Semitic hatred.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...