Police detain 15 after attacks outside Paris
French police detained for questioning 15 people Monday as part of a vast operation outside Paris.
PARIS, March 17, 2008 - French police detained for questioning 15
people Monday as part of a vast operation outside Paris where five police
officers had suffered shotgun pellet wounds earlier in the month.
The operation by some 320 law enforcement officers took place at about 6:00
am (0500 GMT) at the Grande Borne housing project straddling the suburban
towns of Grigny and Viry-Chatillon, where police had been shot at during a
March 2 attack on a bakery by a dozen youths who tried to torch the
Police questioned 15 people Monday, including five minors and 10 other
youths aged 18-22 years, judicial officials said.
During the early March incident, several people were seen applauding the
shots against the police -- prompting Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie
to describe the aggression as an "ambush."
The restive, working class suburbs surrounding Paris and other major French
cities exploded into riots in 2005 which briefly up again last November.