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PARIS (AFP) - Nearly 900 vehicles were torched and 250-plus people arrested as French police desperately battled the country's worst rioting for decades, which has now raged for nine consecutive nights.Doesn't sound good. But not many deaths so far.
Paris prosecutor general Yves Bot said that 897 vehicles had been burnt overnight Friday, including 656 in the Paris region.
Questioned on Europe 1 radio, Bot spoke of "organised violence" but did not say by whom.
"If I could give an exact answer, those people would already be under arrest," he said. "But we can see organised actions, a strategy."
Bot said that weblogs were asking other French cities to join the rioting in the Paris region.
Incidents on a smaller scale were reported in the southern cities of Toulouse and Nice, and in Lille and Rennes to the north.