Cars torched in Paris suburb following death of youth

11th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Unrest in France following death of youngster.

BAGNOLET – Groups of youths torched cars, set garbage bins on fire and threw rocks at police in a Paris suburb on Monday evening, a day after an 18-year-old died fleeing police on his motorbike.

Youths also burned a bus but a police officer told AFP that no serious incidents in the eastern Paris suburb of Bagnolet had been reported.

On Sunday evening an 18-year-old man on a motocross bike, whose use is prohibited in cities, refused a police request to stop and fled, investigators said.

He crashed into a barrier trying to negotiate a turn, and died of a neck injury according to autopsy results.

Angry youths torched 29 cars, set garbage bins aflame and damaged public property on Sunday night following the death, prompting France's interior minister and the town's mayor to make public appeals for calm.

The accidental deaths in 2005 of two Paris region youths while trying to evade police sparked more than two weeks of rioting that spread across the country.

AFP / Expatica

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