Saturday, November 05, 2005

Translation of article linked from “Saturday Night Special”

From ¡No Pasaràn!: Saturday Night Special we linked the following in an AP item running on Yahoo! Actualités:

Nouvelle série de violences urbaines et Ile-de-France et en province

New round of urban violence in Ile-de-France and in localities

PARIS (AP) - For the tenth consecutive night, vandalism and urban violence were reported by the police in Ile-de-France and outside Paris on Saturday evening.

The most serious incidents reported were in Essonne, where police already documented 23 cars destroyed by fire before 21h00. In the commune of Grigny, two schools were burnt. Five classerooms of the "Sleeping Beauty" nursery school were destroyed and two in "the Triolet school". A significant fire also devastated a paper recycling plant.

Another school was effected in Vigneux, and police report that 35 vehicles set on fire throughout the department not long before 22h.
As a Seine-Saint-Denis, the police report many burnt vehicles. A significant fire was also announced in a gymnasium of Noisy-the-Large.
In Seine-et-Marne, weight-heavy was on fire opposite the professional college of Savigny-the-Temple, where the firemen were taken for targets by stone launchers.
In the quartier des Musiciens in Mureaux (Yvelines) approximately 50km in the west of Paris, a car was set ablaze requiring the intervention of firemen.
In the quartier de la République in Paris, three cars were damaged by a Molotov cocktail near the police station.
In other parts of the country, incidents multiplied in cities that were relatively calm until now. Mainly cars set alight using Molotov cocktails by gangs of young people, as in Avignon (Vaucluse), Saint-Dizier (Haute-Marne), Soissons (Aisne), Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), Montauban (the Tarn-and-Garonne) or in Loir-et-Cher.
Vandalism were more common in the north, said one of the same sources. In addition to car fires in Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Mons-in-Baroeuil, fire officials reported a tractor-trailer set on fire in Lille and a bus burned in Auby.
In the south, in Marseilles (Bouches-du-Rhone) police reported three fires of cars by 21h00. In Alpes-Maritimes, several vehicles were also set on fire in the cities of Cannes and in Nice, where firemen pelted with rocks while trying to extinguish the blaze.
In Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) a half-dozen cars had already been set alight not long before 21h00.
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