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French youths jailed for role in 2007 Paris suburb riots

Video by Olivia SALAZAR-WINSPEAR , FRANCE 2

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-18

Ten youths, all aged between 18 to 25, were found guilty of attacking police officers during two nights of rioting in Villiers-le-Bel, a Paris suburb, in 2007. A French court handed them prison sentences of between one and three years on Friday.

AFP - A French court handed jail sentences on Friday to 10 youths found guilty of stoning police officers during two nights of rioting in a high-immigration Paris suburb in 2007.
  
Aged 18 to 25, the youths were jailed for between one and three years for the attacks in Villiers-le-Bel, during violence sparked by the death of two teenagers in a collision with a police car.
  
Around 100 officers were injured by lead shot and stones in clashes with youths, who trashed shops and public buildings, a flare-up that sparked fears of a repeat of the suburb riots that rocked France in late 2005.
  
Police union Alliance was satisifed with the verdict, saying it would serve as a warning to youths who "challenge the authority of the state on a daily basis and physically attack police officers."
  
Seven of the youths were taken into custody after the trial, while an arrest warrant was issued for an eighth.
  
Several of the defendants' lawyers said they planned to appeal.
  
A separate trial later this year will deal with youths suspected of shooting at the police during the riots on November 25 and 26, 2007.

Date created : 2009-07-18

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