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In pictures: Paris riots continue

Riot police fire tear gas at rioting youths in Villiers-le-Bel

Dozens of French police officers have been injured, five critically, in a second night of rioting by youths in a northern suburb of the capital, Paris.

Youths vandalise an abandoned police car in Villiers-le-Bel

Police said the officers were hurt by stones, fireworks and petrol bombs in Villiers-le-Bel, where many families of North African origin live. Cars and buildings were also set on fire.

Rioting youths stand amid tear gas in Villiers-le-Bel

Riot police responded by firing tear gas and rubber bullets to keep at bay youths who were attacking them.

Riot police hold tear-gas guns in Villiers-le-Bel

The French Interior Minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, has said she believes the violence has been organised.

Firemen try to extinguish a burning police car hit by a Molotov cocktail in Villiers-le-Bel

Youths told reporters they were avenging the deaths of two teenagers on Sunday, whose motorcycle collided with a police car.

Riot police look around during clashes in Villiers-le-Bel

Police say the motorbike hit the side of a patrol vehicle, but youths say the car's stoved-in bonnet suggests it rammed the boys, who were not wearing helmets.

Riot police kick in a door in Villiers-le-Bel

Police have denied rumours that the officers abandoned the bodies when they realised the teenagers were dead. Prosecutors have opened an inquiry.

Rioting youths in Villiers-le-Bel

The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is currently on an official visit to China, has appealed for calm.


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