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French interior minister visits Amiens after riots

08-15-2012 04:46 BJT

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Youths have jeered and jostled the French interior minister Manuel Valls in the northern city of Amiens, where he met local officials following overnight riots in which police were fired at with buckshots and pelted with missiles.

Valls was met by a crowd of about 100 young men when he arrived to discuss two nights of violence, apparently sparked by tension over spot police checks on residents. He said 17 police were hurt in the rioting. The interior ministry has dispatched reinforcements to Amiens, parts of which had already been classified as a "priority security zone" in need of extra policing.

The policy formed part of the Socialists’ election campaign pledge on law and order. The unrest is the first major test for Francois Hollande’s Socialists following his May election victory over conservative Nicolas Sarkozy.



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