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Violent clashes between youths and riot police in the northern French city of Amiens have left 16 officers injured and several public buildings torched in some of the worst rioting in the area for years -- reopening the fraught political debate about France's troubled housing estates.
Rioting broke out on deprived estates in the north of the city at 9pm on Monday and raged until 4am. Around 100 youths set fire to cars, a nursery school and a youth centre as well as firing buckshot and projectiles at police officers, who saturated the streets with teargas as reinforcements arrived from neighbouring areas.
Amiens was a manufacturing city, lost many jobs in the 70s and 80s, got a lot of central govt money in the 90s for the university etc. but still has no real economic prospects for the working class majority population.
Posted by lotp 2012-08-14 09:31||