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Youths clash with French police
Police car burns
A police car was among cars set alight in the latest Paris violence
Rioting youths have set fire to cars and thrown stones at police in a second night of violence in the Paris suburbs.

The trouble has flared up little more than six months after the area endured weeks of riots and clashes with police.

A number of officers were injured in the violence on Tuesday and at least 13 youths were arrested.

One was an 18-year-old involved in the electrocuting incident last October which left two friends dead and led to the riots in suburbs across France.

The violence on Tuesday took place in Montfermeil, 15 km (10 miles) east of the centre of Paris, and in the nearby suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, the flashpoint of last year's rioting.

Stoned

It was on a smaller scale than clashes on Monday, when police used rubber bullets to disperse about 100 youths wielding baseball bats. They threw stones and petrol bombs at police in the town of Montfermeil and targeted the local mayor's home.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has condemned the trouble, which he has described as premeditated. He has called for a change in the law to make it easier to clamp down on juvenile offenders.

Police say the trouble began after the arrest on Monday of a young man suspected of assaulting a bus driver.

The centre-right mayor, Xavier Lemoine, was stoned after he banned youths from gathering in big groups in the town centre last month.

In the wave of riots last year, almost 9,000 cars were torched and 3,000 people arrested across France.


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