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Last Updated: Friday, 4 November 2005, 14:29 GMT
French press searches for solutions
By Sebastian Usher
BBC world media correspondent

Firefighters tackle torched car
France has been shocked by the outbreak of violence
After eight days of violence, the rioting by youths in the run-down suburbs around Paris still dominates the front pages of French newspapers.

Several newspapers now focus on the plight of the communities caught up in the violence.

"Enough is Enough" is the headline in Aujourd'hui En France/Le Parisien. It says that the "frustration of the local community has reached its limit".

The picture on the front page of Le Figaro shows people trying to get on with their normal lives, walking past burnt-out cars as they shop in a market in one of the suburbs hit by the violence.

"The local community can't take it any more," the paper says.

France Soir reports that the people in the suburbs "can no longer accept being held hostage by the violence of the local gangs".

In Liberation, commentator Patrick Sabatier writes: "We must not abandon entire areas to the violence of a minority which ruins first and foremost the lives of those living in the suburbs."

He says the government must give the local officials, mediators and organisations "the means - financial above all else - to ensure order, if it's to have any chance of lasting".

'Right-wing fringe'

But for Le Monde, the failure to control the riots in the mainly immigrant communities in the Paris suburbs is down to "disorderly leadership" at the top.

It accuses Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy of trying to appeal to the "most right-wing fringe" in his words and actions - and it charges President Chirac with not acting swiftly enough in calling for calm.

It also criticises Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin for keeping "silent for five days" at the start of the crisis.

"It is time to deal seriously with a serious crisis," the paper concludes.

For Le Figaro, the root of the problem lies with what it calls a "policy of immigration without control".

A commentator in the paper, Alexis Brezet, says the "urgent necessity is to control the influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal".

If not, he warns, "in 15 years, it will be the children of those arriving today who will set fire to the suburbs".




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