French teens jailed for riot bus attack

29th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 September 2007, MARSEILLE (AFP) - A French court on Friday ordered two teenagers jailed for eight years for an arson attack on a bus which left a young French-Senegalese woman horrifically burned.

29 September 2007

MARSEILLE (AFP) - A French court on Friday ordered two teenagers jailed for eight years for an arson attack on a bus which left a young French-Senegalese woman horrifically burned.

The youths, aged 15 and 16, were among a gang who firebombed a bus in the southern city of Marseille during a brief flare-up of violence coinciding with the first anniversary of the 2005 riots in poor French suburbs.

One passenger, Mama Galledou, a 26-year-old university student of Senegalese origin, was trapped inside the bus and suffered burns to two thirds of her body.

Both teenagers appeared stunned as the judge read out the sentence at the end of the high profile trial.

They had denied any intention to cause harm, saying they wanted to attract the attention of media covering the anniversary of the riots.

Six other minors suspected of taking part in the attack are to stand trial in December.

AFP

Subject: French news

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