Families of electrocuted boys meet Sarkozy

4th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday met with the families of two boys whose deaths set off a week of rioting in the Paris suburbs, as a criminal investigation was opened into their deaths.

PARIS, Nov 3 (AFP) - French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday met with the families of two boys whose deaths set off a week of rioting in the Paris suburbs, as a criminal investigation was opened into their deaths.

The two youths, Bouna Traore, a 15-year-old of Malian background, and Zyed Benna, a 17-year-old of Tunisian origin, died by electrocution after they hid in an electrical sub-station to escape a police identity check.

Sarkozy informed the boys' families of the progress of an internal police inquiry into the deaths, which occurred in Clichy-sous-Bois northeast of Paris, epicentre of the violence that has since spread to other suburbs.

Following the meeting, Zyed's father declared himself "satisfied", saying the minister had promised to uncover the truth about his child's death.

Both boys' families had refused on Monday to meet with Sarkozy, whose hardline rhetoric on crime has angered many in the low-income suburbs of Paris, calling the minister "very incompetent".

Separately, a state prosecutor, François Molins, said a criminal investigation had been opened for "failure to assist persons in danger" following a legal complaint filed by the boys' families.

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