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40 youths riot in Paris suburb after teen’s death

world Updated: Aug 10, 2009 17:14 IST

France’s interior minister says about 40 young people in a Paris suburb have hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at police and firefighters after a teenager died while fleeing police.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux says one person fired at police officers with a handgun during the rioting. He appealed for calm on Monday following violence in Bagnolet on the eastern outskirts of Paris.

Police say trouble flared on Sunday night after an 18-year-old riding his motorcycle through a housing project died while fleeing a police checkpoint. The man lost control, hit a barrier, and died before reaching hospital.

Hortefeux’s office says in a statement about 40 young people hurled projectiles at police and firefighters and set fire to 29 cars. No injuries were reported.