French town hit by riots

2010-07-17 10:07

Grenoble - The southeastern French town of Grenoble was hit by riots early on Saturday with shots fired and cars set alight after a man accused of robbing a casino was killed by police.

Police spokesperson Brigitte Jullien told AFP shots had been fired at police who returned fire four times. A youth was arrested at the scene of the riots, the working class district of La Villeneuve.

Thirty cars and several businesses were torched, while angry youths armed with baseball bats and iron bars attacked a tram and forced the passengers to get out.

The incidents started after a Muslimservice for 27-year-old Karim Boudouda, who died 24 hours earlier in a shootout with police after the Uriage-les-Bains casino near Grenoble was held up.