Gare du Nord in Paris evacuated after riot

28th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 27, 2007 (AFP) - French police were forced to evacuate a major Paris subway station on Tuesday after a row over a ticket at the Gare du Nord station descended into a riot.

PARIS, March 27, 2007 (AFP) - French police were forced to evacuate a major Paris subway station on Tuesday after a row over a ticket at the Gare du Nord station descended into a riot.

Officers arrested at least nine people and two others were injured when about 100 youths clashed with police at the station, where the mainline Eurostar terminal is a major gateway from Paris to the rest of Europe.

Dozens of rioters attacked windows, vending machines and shops in the main hall of the subway station for several hours before police dispersed the crowd late on Tuesday using tear-gas.

The trouble started when a 33-year-old without a ticket jumped the barriers in the subway station and was stopped by railway officials, police said. He tried to resist and is accused of injuring two officials.

Police patrolling the station intervened and arrested him.

However, several young people who witnessed the incident began to gather in protest against what they perceived to be the use of excessive force by police. The passenger was evacuated from the station but the crowd grew.

Some began throwing plastic bottles at police and shouted insults at Nicolas Sarkozy, the former interior minister. They also chanted slogans of "police are everywhere, justice is nowhere" and "down with the state, police and bosses".

Police reinforcements soon arrived and by late Tuesday most of the crowd had been forced outside or onto the platforms.

In autumn 2005, youths and police clashed every night for three weeks in France's worst riots for decades.

Sarkozy, who left the government on Monday to run for the presidency, was accused of provoking the rioters by calling them "scum".

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