Those sowing "violence or fear" will be "arrested, judged and punished." said President Chirac on TV on yesterday. "The law must have the last word" said President Jacques Chirac right after Matigon's domestic security counsel. Dominique de Villepin promised and extra security where it was needed.
Unfortunately since the President's public declaration, vandals burned more than 1,250 vehicles overnight, and injured 35 police officers in clashes around the country, setting a new high for violence and arson, said France's "Police Nationale" chief, Michel Gaudin. Police made 395 arrests.
Prime Minister, Dominique de Villepin said curfews will be imposed under a 1955 law that allows the declaring of a state-of-emergency in parts or all of France. 1,500 reservists were being called up to reinforce the 8,000 police and gendarmes already deployed. The Cabinet will meet on tomorrow to decide and authorize curfews "wherever it is necessary," said also PM, de Villepin.
The French president faced criticism from socialo-communist opposition politicians for not publicly speaking about France's civil unrest in more than a decade, opposition blamed also by most of the public to be responsible also for such chaos.
A first fatality as a 61 year old retired auto worker caught by an attacker by surprise and beaten into a coma, died late Sunday, early Monday.
The violence started on last October 27 among youths in a northeastern Paris suburb angry over the accidental deaths of two teenagers.
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