Police to stand trial over deaths

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Two french police officers will stand trial accused of failing to save two teenagers whose deaths in 2005 sparked weeks of riots around the country.

Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were electrocuted while hiding from police in a power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.

The accused officers are an intern who was listening to radio communications from police at the scene, and an officer who allegedly saw the boys enter the power substation.

Prosecutors sought to drop the charges for lack of evidence, but were overruled by investigating magistrates.

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