Nine in court following Paris' Gare Du Nord riot

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 28, 2007 (AFP) - Nine people appeared in court Wednesday following a riot in the subway station below Paris's main Gare Du Nord station that suddenly became an issue for France's presidential candidates.

PARIS, March 28, 2007 (AFP) - Nine people appeared in court Wednesday following a riot in the subway station below Paris's main Gare Du Nord station that suddenly became an issue for France's presidential candidates.

Two more held after Tuesday's clashes remain in custody, police said, and a decision on another two people was expected later.

About 100 youths gathered at the station, where the mainline Eurostar terminal is a major gateway from Paris to the rest of Europe, in protest at what they perceived to be the use of excessive force in the man's arrest.

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.

Eight railway officials and one police officer were lightly hurt.

The violence raised the spectre of the three weeks of riots in autumn 2005, when clashes between police and youths on the outskirts of Paris left hundreds of people injured.

Coming just weeks before France's presidential elections, Tuesday's riot has became a political issue.

Socialist challenger Segolene Royal and centrist Francois Bayrou have accused the ruling centre-right -- and its presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy -- of creating a climate of hostility between police and youths.

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Subject: French news

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