Police investigated over deaths that sparked riots

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PARIS, Feb 8, 2007 (AFP) - Two French police officers have been placed under formal investigation over the death of two teenagers in a Paris suburb that set off weeks of rioting in late 2005, a judicial source said Thursday.

PARIS, Feb 8, 2007 (AFP) - Two French police officers have been placed under formal investigation over the death of two teenagers in a Paris suburb that set off weeks of rioting in late 2005, a judicial source said Thursday.

Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traore, 15, died from electrocution on October 27, 2005 in a transformer station where they were hiding from police in the northeastern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.

Their deaths triggered a series of riots in poor suburbs over the following three weeks, during which some 10,000 vehicles were torched and 300 buildings destroyed.

The suburban unrest trained a spotlight on the plight of the French-born children of Arab and black immigrants who feel alienated from mainstream society.

A 32-year-old policeman who saw the youths flee towards the power station is targeted by the investigation for failing to assist a person in danger.

A 28-year-old woman officer who received a call from a fellow police officer notifying her that the boys were in danger has also been cited in the case.

Three other police officers are still being questioned in an inquiry that was opened in November 2005.

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Subject: French news, Riots

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