The two boys, 15-year-old Banou and 17-year-old Ziad were electrocuted while attempting to climb an electric fence. Riots broke out in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois following the deaths of two teenagers in the town. Rioters claimed that the boys had climbed the fence while being pursued by the police, but the police claimed the boys mistakenly believed they were being chased.
Several acts of property vandalism were committed by the &to=http://english.pravda.ru/accidents/21/96/383/15278_argentina.html' target=_blank>rioters. Cars were burned, businesses were vandalized, and schools were attacked, though no injuries were reported. As of Sunday, the police arrested up to 50 people in connection with the riots. The riots continued into Monday and tensions were heightened when tear gas landed in a mosque. An official in one of France's police unions said France was seeing "a civil war," informs Providence Cowl.
The French government faced mounting pressure today as suburban unrest took on dangerous new momentum, with shots fired at police and fire crews as they battled youths who torched car dealerships and public buses and hurled rocks at commuter trains.