Police clash with youths in Paris

At least seven people were arrested in Paris on Tuesday after a minor ticket dispute escalated into violent clashes between riot police and youths at one of the French capital's busiest train stations.

Police clash with youths in Paris

At least seven people were arrested in Paris on Tuesday after a minor ticket disputeescalated into violent clashes between riot police and youths at one of theFrench capital's busiest train stations.

According to officials, the fighting erupted at the Gare duNord after a man without a ticket for the underground punched two inspectors.

The violence escalated quickly and police were deployed.Witnesses said they saw youths, many, they claimed, of immigrant origin,throwing cans and other items at officers.

The clashes caused disruption to local and regional transport as manycommuters were unable to catch their trains.

Francois Baroin, the new interior minister, told Europe-1radio that a routine check "got out of hand and transformed into urbanguerrilla warfare, into unacceptable, intolerable violence".

Violent memories

Baroin was in only his second day of the job after succeeding Nicolas Sarkozy,who has stepped down to concentrate on his presidential campaign.

The confrontation evoked memories of nationwide riots in the autumn of 2005that were begun by disaffected youths in some of Paris'spoorer northern suburbs.

Trains from the Gare du Nord ply routes to some of those suburbs.

Sarkozy adopted a tough line on the violence in 2005 and has often been accusedby his critics of exploiting fears over security to help his political career.

Security and immigration have been a central theme of this year's presidentialelection campaign before the first round of voting on April 22.

Source:Agencies

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