Mr de Villepin said restoring order was his "absolute priority". Dalil Boubakeur, the head of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, said people in the suburbs "must be given the conditions to live with dignity as human beings", not in "disgraceful squats". Under neoliberalism, more and more people are being left out, left by the wayside, with no place in the economic order. Those 'of color' are the most disadvantaged, whether they live in the Third World or in the West. When we hear "restoring order is the absolute priority", we learn the nature of the neoliberal political response to the plight of those left by the wayside. rkm -------------------------------------------------------- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4405620.stm French riots spread beyond Paris ________________________________________ The unrest has been spreading The violence that has wracked Paris suburbs over the past week has spread to new areas and outside the capital for the first time. French youths set alight buildings and cars and buses, in the eighth consecutive night of rioting. Cars were torched in the central city of Dijon, and sporadic unrest was reported in south and west France. The violence was triggered by the deaths of two teenagers of African origin. ________________________________________ Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has pledged to restore order. He was speaking in parliament, following criticism at the government's failure to end the violence. Violence spreading Thursday night's incidents occurred in several towns to the north-east and north-west of the capital, including Aulnay-sous-Bois. Most of the attacks took place in the largely immigrant area of Seine-Saint-Denis, where about 1,300 police had been deployed. As on previous nights, gangs of youths armed with bricks and sticks have been roaming the streets of housing estates. Nearly 200 cars were set on fire as well as shops and a large warehouse, which took 100 firefighters several hours to bring under control, a BBC correspondent in Paris says. Shots were also reportedly fired at riot police - it was not immediately known if there were any injuries. A fire was started in at least one school in the area, reports say. On Thursday, the violence also spread beyond the Paris region for the first time, with reports of cars on fire in the central town of Dijon. The unrest began after teenagers Bouna Traore, aged 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were accidentally electrocuted at an electricity sub-station in Clichy-sous-Bois. Local people say they were fleeing police - a claim the authorities deny. A criminal investigation and an internal police inquiry have been opened. 'Troublemakers' Mr de Villepin said restoring order was his "absolute priority". In scenes of escalating unrest overnight on Wednesday, shots were fired at police and firefighters, while gangs besieged a police station, set fire to a car showroom and threw petrol bombs. At least 177 cars were also set alight. Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who earlier met the dead teenagers' families, said the violence was "not spontaneous" but rather "well organised". He said the government would not allow "troublemakers, a bunch of hoodlums, think they can do whatever they want". On Thursday afternoon, Mr de Villepin held talks with Mr Sarkozy, other ministers, as well as MPs and mayors from affected towns. The areas affected are poor, largely immigrant communities with high levels of unemployment. Minister for Social Cohesion Jean-Louis Borloo said the government had to react "firmly", but added that France must also acknowledge its failure to deal with anger simmering in poor suburbs for decades. Muslim leaders have urged politicians to show respect for immigrant communities. Dalil Boubakeur, the head of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, said people in the suburbs "must be given the conditions to live with dignity as human beings", not in "disgraceful squats". PARIS RIOTS Clichy-sous-Bois: Two teenagers die in electricity sub-station on 27 October. Successive nights of rioting follow rumours they were fleeing by police. A number of people arrested or injured. Aulnay-sous-Bois: A flashpoint after violence spread from Clichy. Shots fired at police and cars and shops set ablaze. Further trouble in eight nearby suburbs, with more shots fired at police. Others: Police report incidents involving gangs of youths in town in the suburban departments of the Val-d'Oise, Seine-et-Marne and Yvelines. Reports of petrol bombs thrown at a police station in the Hauts-de-Seine. 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