2009 French riots

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2009 French riots
Montreuil map.svg
Montreuil location in Paris metro area
Location Firminy and Montreuil,  France
Date July 9, July 14, 2009 (UTC+2)
Non-fatal injuries
13 police officers
Perpetrators youths demonstrators
No. of participants

A series of riots took place in July 2009 in France. On Bastille Day in the commune of Montreuil, a eastern suburb area of Paris, French youths set fire to 317 cars.[1] Thirteen police officers were injured.[2] On July 9, many youths started a protest in Firminy near Saint-Étienne, after the death of a young Algerian man, Mohamed Benmouna, in police custody.[3][4] Benmouna's parents rejected the official account of suicide.[5] Riots on Bastille day are a frequent occurrence in France as the disaffected protest high unemployment rates and failed integration policies for minorities.[3][6] More than 240 people had been arrested near Paris.

The injured officers suffered mainly from hearing difficulties after having been targeted by youths armed with fireworks and small-scale home-made explosives.[7]

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  1. ^ Cars Burned During Violent Clashes In France. Sky News. July 14, 2009.
  2. ^ 317 cars burned ahead of Bastille Day. France 24, July 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Samuel, Henry (2009-07-14). "French youths riot on eve of Bastille Day". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ "France unrest before Bastille Day". BBC News. 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Riot Clouds France On The Eve Of Bastille Day - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Violence overshadows France's National Day_English_Xinhua". News.xinhuanet.com. 2009-07-14. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  7. ^ France unrest before Bastille Day. BBC News Online. July 14, 2009.