onsdag 28. november 2007

French President Nicolas Sarkozy holds riot crisis talks

Mr Sarkozy vowed to punish those who shot at police

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is holding emergency talks with ministers to discuss a wave of urban violence.

More than 120 police were injured in two nights of unrest, after two teenagers died on Sunday when their motorbike and a police car collided.

Tuesday night passed more calmly, with isolated clashes in Paris and Toulouse, as police reinforcements were deployed.

Mr Sarkozy, returning from a visit to China, said those who shot at officers would be brought before the courts.

Visiting policemen injured in the riots, he said: "Opening fire at officials is completely unacceptable," calling it a crime that "has a name, it is attempted murder".

Mr Sarkozy also met the families of the two teenagers and said he was opening a judicial inquiry into the deaths, a lawyer for the relatives told AFP news agency.

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