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French Police Arrest 33 For November Riots

From those outraged defenders of the faith at the Guardian:

French police lead a handcuffed suspect away (C) as they leave a building after launching raids in the Parisian suburb of Villiers-le-Bel early February 18, 2008.

French police arrest 33 in Paris riot raids

David Batty

Monday February 18, 2008

French police today detained more than 33 people in a series of major raids intended to track down those involved in the riots that hit Parisian suburbs last November.

More than 1,000 police officers took part in the operation, which targeted housing projects in Villiers-le-Bel and the neighbouring towns of Sarcelles, Gonesse and Arnouville on the outskirts of the French capital, officers said.

Those detained ranged in age from 19 to 31 and were already known to police, mainly for previous violence, a police official added.

Marie-Therese de Givry, the prosecutor of Pontoise, said 33 people had been arrested.

Police were targeting around 40 people suspected of attacking officers during last year’s violence, a police official said.

The main targets were two gang leaders believed by police to have coordinated the riots…

Many of those involved in the 2005 disturbances were Arab or black, the French-born children or grandchildren of immigrants from the country’s former colonies who were frustrated by entrenched discrimination and isolation…

Zut alors! They finally made the police go into those neighborhoods?

Go Sarko!

Maybe Denmark will be inspired to do the same.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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