Monday, August 10, 2009
French security forces have clashed with petrol-bomb-wielding rioters in a Paris suburb after a teenager died while fleeing a police identity check.
Some 40 rioters in an eastern Paris suburb, Bagnolet, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and firefighters and torched 29 cars in a rampage provoked by the death of a teen pizza deliverer, Yacou Sanago.
The 18-year-old pizza deliverer died en route to hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a metal barrier as he was trying to flee a identity check by police, police officials speaking on condition of anonymity said.
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The angry crowd, mostly youths, smashed windows of a high school and store in Bagnolet, an Interior Ministry statement said.
French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux called for calm following the overnight suburban violence.
Hortefeux assured the public of a thorough inquiry into the circumstances of the young man’s death, stressing that “all light will be shed” on the matter.
This article was posted: Monday, August 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm