"genuine urban guerrillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons" were among the rioters.
Rampaging youths rioted for a second night in Paris' suburbs, firing at officers and ramming burning cars into buildings. At least 80 officers were injured, a senior police union official said Tuesday.
The overnight violence was more intense than during the three weeks of rioting in 2005, said the official, Patrice Ribeiro. He said "genuine urban guerrillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons" were among the rioters.
On Monday night, youths were seen firing buckshot at police and reporters. About 30 of 82 injured officers were hit by buckshot, Ribeiro told The Associated Press. Rioters also hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police, authorities said.
"Youths" media speak for Muslims."
Police made six arrests, authorities said.
Six? Shooting at cops? That's a capital punishment crime.
Youths, many of them Arab and black children of immigrants, again appeared to be lashing out at police and other targets seen to represent a French establishment they feel has left them behind.
"Police officers were targeted with hunting weapons; a certain number of them were wounded by lead shot," said Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie. "This is totally unacceptable," she said, adding there were six serious injuries, "people who notably were struck in the face and close to the eyes."
Unacceptable? That's way harsh.
The use of firearms added a dangerous new dimension to the rioting. Firearms are widespread in France, and police generally carry guns. Such weapons, though, were rarely used in the 2005 riots that spread to poor housing projects nationwide.
Police face "a situation that is far worse than that of 2005," said Ribeiro, national secretary of the Synergie police union. "Our colleagues will not allow themselves to be fired upon indefinitely without responding," he warned on RTL radio.
An inside view of a damaged nursery school that was vandalized and set on fire in Villiers-le-Bel, a northern Paris suburb, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. Rioting in the tough suburbs of northern Paris took a dramatic and potentially deadly new turn
Classroom ina a public school
Smoke billows as books still burn in a damaged public library that was vandalized and set on fire
How dare they destroy one human thought, this is base and savage
A shot out window of the Louis Jouvet local library is seen after being destroyed
A youth is detained by riot police in the suburb of Villiers-le-Bel Youth
There's that damn word. Smiling happy people.
UPDATE: PARIS'S THIRD ANNUAL INTIFADA FESTIVAL Brussels Journal
UPDATE: Sophie : wrote me, "more than one hundred policemen wounded!!! but this is only the visible part of what French people live everyday."
French police under seige
But Omar Sehhouli, brother of one of the victims, told AFP the rioting "was not violence but an expression of rage." More here.
Youths rampaged for a third night in the tough suburbs north of Paris and violence spread to a southern city late Tuesday as police struggled to contain rioters who have burned cars and buildings and — in an ominous turn — shot at officers.