They've lost control of their country. Utterly out of control. Day two and counting. "Riots intensified". It's war.
VILLIERS-LE-BEL: French police beefed up security Tuesday after a second night of riots in flashpoint suburbs north of Paris despite the launch of a judicial probe into the deaths of two teens that sparked the violence.
A helicopter hovered early Tuesday over the town of Villiers-le-Bel, 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of the French capital "to locate people stirring up trouble," a police officer said.
Late Monday, some 100 angry youths crouching behind trash cans in Villiers-le-Bel hurled objects at 160 riot police who responded with rubber bullets and teargas.
Young rioters in other towns were armed with Molotov cocktail bombs, bottles filled with acid and baseball bats, police said.
After Sunday's first night of unrest, President Nicolas Sarkozy had appealed for calm with France fearful of a repeat of nationwide violence that gripped the country in 2005 following the deaths of two youths fleeing the police.
But this was to no avail as police Monday said up to 30 personnel were injured and 63 vehicles and five buildings had been set ablaze in six towns in the wider Val d'Oise area.
"One policeman was wounded in the shoulder after being hit by a high calibre bullet," a security official said, adding that "however, no vital organ was affected."
That's war, baby.