Riots Outside Paris Continue Over Deaths of Two Muslim Teenagers

November 3, 2005

Source: Muslim American Society

On November 3, 2005 the Muslim American Society reported, "The violence which has plagued a largely-immigrant Paris suburb for almost a week spread to several other departments bordering the French capital overnight, with many cars set ablaze, French authorities said. The epicenter of the trouble, which first erupted last Thursday following the electrocution deaths of two African Muslim teenagers, has been the poor northeastern suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Police sources reported some 60 vehicles torched throughout the Seine-Saint-Denis area overnight... The violence in Clichy-sous-Bois, northeast of Paris, erupted after two youths, aged 15 and 19, were electrocuted after scaling the wall of a relay station and touching a transformer. The local public prosecutor, Francois Molins, said the boys thought they were being chased by police, but authorities denied that was the case."