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France Declares State of Emergency in Riot Hit Suburbs

PARIS (AFP) – The French government has declared a state of emergency in riot-hit parts of the country in order to combat the worst outbreak of urban unrest since the May 1968 student revolt. Meeting in crisis session Tuesday under the chairmanship of President Jacques Chirac, the cabinet invoked a 50 year-old law originally drawn up at the start of the Algerian war which permits the declaration of curfews, house-searches and a ban on public meetings. Full Story

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