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PARIS—Dozens of young men rioted in a troubled district in northern France after weeks of tensions, pulling drivers from their cars and stealing the vehicles, and burning a school and a youth centre. The police department in Amiens says at least 16 officers were hurt by the time the riot ended Tuesday, some by buckshot.
At the height of the confrontation, 150 officers — both local and federal riot police — faced off against the young men throughout the neighbourhood. There were no arrests.
“The confrontations were very, very violent,” Amiens Mayor Gilles Dumailly told the French television network BFM. Dumailly said tensions had been building for a number of weeks between police and the impoverished residents, whom he described as “people who are in some difficulty.”
In 2005, violence raged unchecked for nearly a month, leaving entire neighbourhoods in flames in far-flung suburbs that are home to France’s housing projects. The violence in Amiens marked the first major unrest under Hollande, who took office in May.
Originally posted by Bluesma
This is a fairly common occurance in France. It is why much of the french feel they are being terrorized and taken over by the young arab population. We have a problem with the second generation of immigrants. Cultural identity and resentment is a problem for them. They have not been encouraged to integrate the society, because of the religion, which doesn't allow for laicism or secularism.