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Police in the French city of Lyon have fired tear gas to break up groups of youths who hurled stones and bins hours before a curfew was due to begin.
Police on the city's famous Place Bellecour square made two arrests in what state news agency AFP says is the first rioting in a major city centre.
Lyon has imposed a curfew for the first time in two weeks of nationwide unrest.
Thousands of police are patrolling Paris to enforce a ban on all public meetings likely to provoke rioting.
The trouble in Lyon began at about 1700 (1600 GMT) on Place Bellecour where a large number of riot police were on duty as a preventative measure.
About 50 youths attacked stalls and damaged vehicles, witnesses were quoted as saying by Reuters news agency [AL: yeah, sure they did].
Shoppers hurried away from the area and most shopkeepers closed their doors.
Officials in Lyon and 10 other towns to the east of the city earlier announced a curfew to bar unaccompanied minors from the streets over the weekend between 2200 and 0600 local time.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy blamed the Lyon violence on a "demonstration by anarchists" without elaborating.
The worst suburban unrest on Friday night was reported in Lyon and the city of Toulouse in the south-west.
More than 500 cars were set on fire, two police officers were wounded and 206 people were detained across the country.
This was an increase on the previous night, when about 400 vehicles were torched and 168 people were arrested.