Arson attacks plague France as unrest spreads

Youth rioting began in Paris suburbs, now poses a broad challenge to state

Unlike previous nights, there were few direct clashes with security forces, no live bullets fired at police, and far fewer large groups of rioters, said Jean-Francois Cordet, the top government official for the worst-hit Seine-Saint-Denis suburb northeast of Paris.

Instead, he said, the unrest was led by "very numerous small and highly mobile groups," with arson attacks that destroyed 187 vehicles and five buildings, including three sprawling warehouses.

AKA guerrilla warfare tactics. Today was Night Nine of the unrest. It’s very unusual for uprisings like this to last for nine days.

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