"Relative Calm" in France as Police Are Attacked, Buses Torched
There was relative calm in France overnight as only 277 cars were torched.
French riot police forces secure the northeastern Paris suburb of Montfermeil after incidents with youth gangs, early Saturday. (AP Photo/Christian Hartmann)
Despite the torched buses and attacks on police and, authorities said that the violence could have been much worse:
Three or four young people burst onto a bus in the southern French city and tossed in a bottle of flammable liquid before fleeing, police said, citing witnesses’ accounts. A fire stared, seriously injuring a 26-year-old woman who suffered second-and third-degree burns on her arms, legs and face.
Three others were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke-inhalation, police said. The bus was destroyed.
In scattered violence from Friday night to Saturday morning, six police officers suffered minor injuries and 47 people were arrested, the Interior Minister said. Bands of youths torched two public buses and in troubled neighbourhoods around the country, youths set fire to a total of 277 vehicles, police said.
On an average night in France, up to 100 cars are torched. In a statement, the Interior Ministry described the anniversary night as “relatively calm.”
The unrest could have been much worse.
French authorities dedicated a monument to the two youths who were electrectuted when they hid from police:
The families of the two dead youths, Bouna Traore and Zyed Benna, laid wreaths at the electricity sub-station where they were electrocuted.
A monument to the boys was unveiled and the local mayor appealed for calm.
Of course, the thugs are only depraved because they are deprived.
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