126 police injured since beginning of riots

16th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 16 (AFP) - France's national police service said Wednesday that 126 officers have been injured since urban unrest first flared nearly three weeks ago.

PARIS, Nov 16 (AFP) - France's national police service said Wednesday that 126 officers have been injured since urban unrest first flared nearly three weeks ago.

A total of 2,888 people have been arrested since the violence started October 27, and 8,973 vehicles have been destroyed by arson, it said.

Tuesday night showed another decline in the level of the violence, with 163 vehicles being torched and 50 people arrested across the country -- effectively down to pre-riot levels.

The police service said 27 vehicles were destroyed in the Paris area (compared to 60 overnight Monday) and 136 elsewhere in France.

"We're also seeing a scattering of these fires, whose links with the urban violence has not been proved," it said in a statement.

Those figures were well down on the 1,408 vehicles burnt at the height of the rioting, on November 6.

In all, 11,200 police have been deployed to rein in the unrest, backed up, in a few cases, by curfews on minors. Overnight Tuesday saw just one officer injured, during the arrest of a group of people throwing bottles of acid.

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Subject: French news

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