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07-17-10, 05:20 PM #1
Riot in French city of Grenoble after police shooting
Riots have rocked the French city of Grenoble after police chasing a gang of suspected robbers killed a man who had reportedly fired on them.
Rioters protesting at the death in the run-down suburb of Villeneuve burned cars and fired at least one shot.
Police say a second suspected robber escaped into Villeneuve after Friday's car chase.
A gang had robbed a casino near Grenoble of more than 20,000 euros (£17,000; $26,000).
Rioters also attacked a tram with baseball bats and iron bars.
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux promised to restore order when he visited the scene of the disturbances on Saturday afternoon.
Police say they pursued two men suspected of holding up the casino at Uriage-les-Bains early on Friday morning.
The two men fired shots at them, police said, wounding an officer. Police returned fire, killing one of the men, Karim Boudouda.
Mr Boudouda, 27, had three previous convictions for armed robbery.
The second suspected robber was still at large as of Saturday afternoon.
The riot erupted after a memorial service for Mr Boudouda.
At about 0230 (0030 GMT) on Saturday, a youth emerged at the front of the rioters and fired a shot at police, who returned fire four times, police spokeswoman Brigette Jullien told AFP.
Nobody was injured in the riots, police said. They made five arrests for arson and looting.
Mr Hortefeux made a lightning 15-minute tour of Villeneuve and promised quick action by the authorities.
"When I say quick, I mean immediately, that's how we are going to re-establish public order and the authority of the state," he told reporters outside police headquarters.
"There is a simple and clear reality in this country: there's no future for hoodlums and delinquents because in the end the public authority always wins."
BBC News - Riot in French city of Grenoble after police shooting"all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
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07-17-10, 07:39 PM #2
How enlighten of the French citizens.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
07-17-10, 08:22 PM #3
BIG always figured the French version of rioting would include soft cheeses and the thumbing of noses. How wrong he was.Rick James hair was synthetic and smelled like weed and coochie.
BIG hates no one, but loves only a few. Franklin, Grant and yeah, Mom too.
07-17-10, 09:32 PM #4
07-18-10, 06:43 AM #5
So after a memorial service for a convicted felon (x3) who was killed during the commission of yet ANOTHER couple of felonies, people got all pissy and decided to start shooting and bashing things in. WTG all you sterling Frenchmen, you just descended into American ghetto culture. Brilliant.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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