Thursday, 19 November 2009
RIOTS erupted in cities across France this week, with cars torched and a supermarket looted.
The outbreak was sparked by the Algerian football team's success in beating Egypt to qualify for next year's World Cup, but reflects a simmering anger in French society that is never far from the surface.
Said a report from AFP on November 19: "France has a large community of Algerian origin and about 12,000 of them turned out on the Champs Elysees in Paris to fete their team's win.
"Police intervened when some revellers began throwing bottles and other projectiles and smashing shop windows, a police spokesman said.
"Similar violent scenes took place in Marseille in the south, Lyon in the centre-east as well as in some northern towns, and youths set fire to around 150 vehicles in cities across the country.
"Trouble-makers burst into a supermarket in Vaulx-en-Velin in the Lyon suburbs and made off with electronic goods and telephones, police said.
"Six police officers were injured in the incidents."