No plans for curfew in central Paris

9th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 9 (AFP) - There are no plans to bring in emergency measures such as a night-time curfew in central Paris, though the situation in the capital remains under review, police authorities said Wednesday.

PARIS, Nov 9 (AFP) - There are no plans to bring in emergency measures such as a night-time curfew in central Paris, though the situation in the capital remains under review, police authorities said Wednesday.

"The prefect of police will put them in place if the situation requires it," said a spokesman.

The entire Paris region is included in the list of zones where a state of emergency has been decreed in response to nearly two weeks of urban violence.

However the centre of the city has been relatively spared -- with the worst trouble on Saturday night when 32 cars were burned and 30 people arrested, police said.

Since then there have been "between 10 and 20 cars burned" in the capital per night, a spokesman said.

The capital's police force as well as transport police remain on high alert to head off trouble in the city and to spot gangs of youths who may decide to travel in from the suburbs by bus or train, officials said.

A number of web-logs have been identified that urge rioters to descend on landmarks such as the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, but there was no sign that these had been heeded, officials said.

Under emergency powers approved by the government Tuesday, the authorities are allowed to impose night-time curfews in riot-hit areas, and also to ban public meetings and carry out house-to-house searches without a warrant.

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