Overnight violence had fallen significantly - although trouble still flared in more than 110 towns, National Police said.
The northern city of Amiens (Somme) was the first to impose an overnight curfew under the new powers.
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. Minors are subject to the law (under a 1955 law) between 22:00 and 06:00 (21:00 and 05:00 GMT) unless accompanied by an adult, and are also banned from buying gazoline.
Nicolas Sarkozy, State Interior Minister announced today that foreign rioters including "carte de séjour" holders (Residence card / working permit) will be deported from the country as soon as possible.
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.
Earlier this week thirty riot squad officers were hit by buckshot. Two were hospitalized with serious wounds, and were visited later by Nicolas Sarkozy, French Ministry of the Interior and Regional Development.
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