French trust government to handle riots -- just

14th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 12 (AFP) - A narrow majority of French still have confidence in the government to bring an end to two weeks of rioting by youths from the country's high-immigration suburbs, a poll showed Saturday.

PARIS, Nov 12 (AFP) - A narrow majority of French still have confidence in the government to bring an end to two weeks of rioting by youths from the country's high-immigration suburbs, a poll showed Saturday.

Fifty-two percent of respondents expressed confidence that prime minister Dominique de Villepin would be able to find solutions to end the rioting, while 48 percent did not, according to an Ifop poll to be published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche.

Fifty-three percent expressed confidence in interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who has advocated tougher measures to end the violence, and 47 did not.

Only 29 percent expressed confidence in president Jacques Chirac, however.

Top personalities from the opposition socialists, scored lower than the conservative government leaders, with former education and culture minister Jack Lang scoring the highest at 42 percent.

More than 8,000 vehicles have been torched and dozens of buses, schools, gymnasiums, nurseries, libraries, shops and businesses destroyed in arson attacks since the violence broke out October 27.

Overall, some 2,503 people have been arrested since the start of the trouble, which erupted after the accidental deaths of two youths who were electrocuted in an electrical sub-station where they were hiding from police.

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