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Unrest in Paris suburb after police inspect veiled woman

Clashes begin outside Trappes police station as crowd demands release of husband whose veiled wife was stopped by police; calm restored on Saturday

Saturday 20 Jul 2013
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Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil, French authorities said on Saturday.

Public disturbances have shaken depressed, largely immigrant quarters of major French cities at regular intervals for years, often triggered by resentment over spot police checks.

It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities – where tensions reign in relations between residents and police.

In Trappes, a gritty suburb southwest of Paris, police said a crowd gathered in response to the arrest on Thursday of a man who had assaulted a police officer during an identity check on his wife, who was entirely veiled.

Some 250 people who collected outside the Trappes police station on Friday night threw stones and other projectiles and destroyed property before being repelled by riot police in the early hours of Saturday, a police statement said.

A witness said the crowd called on police to release the husband but were "insulted" by authorities.

"They (the police) didn't want to listen and it got out of control," the man, who gave his name as Sofiane, told iTele. "Trappes is a big family. When you attack us we're going to respond."

Police said order was restored by daybreak in Trappes, an area of grim housing estates, but that reinforcements sent in overnight would remain in coming hours to help ensure calm.

Authorities dealing with immigrant unrest fear a repeat of riots in 2005, France's worst for 40 years, when nationwide violence led to the imposition of a state of emergency.

In Trappes, as cleanup crews cleared away shattered glass from bus shelters, burned trash bins and stones littering the pavement, the chief administrator of the department (county) of Yvelines described the suburb as "calm and serene."

"We will maintain this calm in the coming hours," Prefect Erard Corbin de Mangoux told journalists. "Police will stay put until we believe the threat is over."

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medo
20-07-2013 07:56pm
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hmmmmm!
What is the big deal here?? The police in Egypt are checking the identity of veiled women all the time these days... the law is the law... if these fanatics don't like the law in the countries they choose to live in... MOVE! Stop giving Muslims a bad name in the world!
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expat
20-07-2013 06:55pm
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simple answer
get rid off them by transporting this crowd to their beloved islmist homecountries,they have nothing to do in europe
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