France rioters arrested for shooting: police

18th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police on Sunday arrested four men for attempted murder by shooting at officers during riots in the French city of Grenoble, police said.

The four were seized in a dawn raid in the working class neighbourhood of La Villeneuve after two nights of unrest in which rioters exchanged gunfire with police and torched shops and cars.

The riots broke out after a 27-year-old man was shot dead by police when he allegedly robbed a casino.

Police said the four were held for attempted murder after firing bullets at police during the worst of the rioting early on Saturday. They did not identify those arrested or give their ages.

Police had already made at least seven arrests overnight for carrying weapons. No one was reported hurt in the gunfights.

Youths torched between 50 and 60 cars in the southeastern city nestled in the French Alps as well as construction equipment and two shops.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux visited the scene later Saturday and pledged to quickly restore order to La Villeneuve.

"There's no future for hoodlums and delinquents because in the end the public authority always wins," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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