The imprimatur of an Islamic cleric:
Officials said the rioters also torched shops and attacked a streetcar (tramway) line. Police said some rioters also shot at officers and that they returned fire.
The French newspaper Le Monde says the youths started their rampage after hearing a Muslim imam give a ceremony for an alleged robber, who died Thursday night after being chased by police and exchanging gunfire.(VOA)
UPDATE: The police were fired on by automatic gunfire, a fact that strangely was only reported on by al jazeera.
From Atlas reader the cat:
We are not too familiar with automatic gunfire in Europe this is a new reality for us. Youth's torched at least 50 cars and two shops
UPDATE: New video:
UPDATE: Revealing ..........Van Grungy has left this comment:
Cars burned, police shot at after authorities kill hold-up suspect near Grenoble Y Net News
Rioters burned cars, attacked a tramway and shot at police in the French city of Grenoble overnight in protest at the death of a local Muslim man, identified as 27-year- old Karim Boudouda, fleeing police after allegedly holding up the city's casino.
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux was to travel to the southeastern city on Saturday to monitor events, his office said.
The violence began around midnight on Friday and lasted through the night in the poor suburban neighborhood of Villeneuve, home to the alleged robber.
Police said they intervened after local residents stopped a tramway by setting a fire on the rails and stoned it. At least 50 cars were burned and police said they were shot at once and returned fire. No casualties were reported.
The trouble followed a hold-up in a casino in nearby Uriage-les-Bains by two armed men in the early hours of Friday.
Police choppers join chase
Police said the duo fled with 20,000-40,000 euros and were chased by police. Police said the suspects opened fire, wounding an officer, and one of the suspected robbers was killed in the ensuing shooting.
The second man fled into Villeneuve, where police helicopters flew overhead for much of the night in a fruitless attempt to locate him.
The riot in Grenoble recalled civil unrest that exploded across France in late 2005 after two teenagers from a rough Parisian suburb died as they were fleeing police.
My name is Boutek Allouf from Algeria. I am one of this immigrantes in France that refuse to accept the style and corrupted way of living of Western World. I like my culture, my religion, my way of seeing the world. Islam is right. Europe is wrong. They same way you invaded Africa, South America, Asia, now is your turn to have us inside you. That´s the price you have to pay. I hate your hipocrisy of saying that you live in a free society, but we´ll use this as a tool to reach our means. You can not stop the flux of History. We´ll retake what is ours with the help of God.
Boutek Allouf , Saint Denis France (07.17.10)
UPDATE: Jew Lover in the comment section points out:
It looks like the French government may have to update their official websites to include more than the following:
French in France can't go to 751 areas designated Muslim-Only areas
Note: The French are kind enough to list the areas, as well as provide detailed maps, of where non-muslims musn't go in France.