French Intifada Flare-Up
The “youths” are rioting in the banlieue again: Clashes, buildings torched in Paris suburb.
PARIS - Dozens of youths clashed with police and set fire to buildings in a Paris suburb on Sunday after two teenagers were killed in a crash with a police car.
The pair were riding on a stolen motorcycle when the accident happened on Sunday in the town of Villiers-le-Bel, north of Paris, a police union source said.
France’s worst urban unrest in 40 years broke out in the northeastern Paris suburb of Clichy-Sous-Bois in November 2005, after two teenagers died electrocuted in an electricity sub-station after apparently fleeing police.
The circumstances in this case, however, were different. [Imagine that. – ed.]
“It was not a chase but apparently a traffic accident,” a police source said.
The town’s police station caught fire and that of the neighbouring town, Arnouville-les-Gonesse, was ransacked, the local authority said. A Villiers garage was set ablaze and fires were put out before they could spread in a neighbouring garage and a petrol station in the same town.
(Hat tip: Ashamed to be Dutch.)