PARIS, January 8 (Sputnik) – An explosion took place at a kebab restaurant near a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saone, eastern France, 20 Minutes newspaper reported Thursday, citing a police source.
According to the newspaper, the blast blew out the window of a neighboring restaurant. No injuries have been reported. The area is currently cordoned off by the police and the explosion is being investigated.
“I’m afraid that this is connected with the dramatic event which happened this Wednesday.”
An explosion has hit a restaurant near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone, but no casualties have been reported.
A local official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described the Thursday blast as “a criminal act.”
Police have launched an investigation into the incident. Read the rest of this entry »
Sarcelles (France) (AFP) – A French rally against the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza once again descended into chaos Sunday as protesters looted shops and riot police lobbed tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds.
“We’re going to get the cash register.”
The demonstration in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles is the third to have deteriorated in the space of eight days in a country that counts the largest Muslim population in western Europe and a huge Jewish community.
Looters then began raiding shops, wrecking a funeral home and destroying its front window as several protesters shouted: “F@ck Israel!”
A decision by authorities to ban protests in areas deemed too sensitive has also garnered controversy as they took place anyway and turned violent, while authorised ones elsewhere in the country — as well as in other cities across Europe — were peaceful.
From Vienna to Stockholm and on to Amsterdam, thousands rallied on Sunday to oppose Israel’s offensive, which has left more than 400 Palestinians and 20 Israelis dead. Read the rest of this entry »