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August 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Youths in a Paris suburb set fire to a tourist bus and nearly half a dozen cars and hurled objects at French police, a night after full-blown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police.

The local prefecture said the situation was under control despite the scattered fires. Groups of youths set fires on the street and hurled stones and other objects at police.

Authorities had sent teams of riot police into the Bagnolet suburb just east of Paris after a night of violence following the Sunday night death of an 18-year-old pizza deliveryman fleeing police on his motorcycle. Police said he lost control and hit a barrier, but some witnesses have claimed that he was hit by a police vehicle.

Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux had called for calm, signaling fears that unrest by angry suburban youth could worsen. Hortefeux ordered an internal police investigation into the death.

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