Youths rampaged for a third night in the tough suburbs north of Paris and violence spread to a southern city late Tuesday as police struggled to contain rioters who have burned cars and buildings and — in an ominous turn — shot at officers.
A senior police union official warned that "urban guerrillas" had joined the unrest, saying the violence was worse than during three weeks of rioting that raged around French cities in 2005, when firearms were rarely used.
Bands of young people set more cars on fire in and around Villiers-le-Bel, the Paris suburb where the latest trouble first erupted, and 22 youths were taken into custody, the regional government said.
In the southern city of Toulouse, 20 cars were set ablaze, and fires at two libraries were quickly brought under control, police said.
On Monday 26th November, trouble was also made by young French youths in the nearby towns of Sarcelles, Garges-les-Gonesse, Cergy, Ermont and Goussainville. Police said youths 'were armed with petrol bombs, bottles filled with acid and baseball bats'.
Eight people (from Monday night) were convicted Tuesday in fast-track trials and sentenced to 3-10 months in prison, the regional government said..