Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Tensions appear to be easing in Grenoble following weekend clashes. Last Friday, police killed a suspected armed robber that sparked the unrest.
In the streets of Grenoble, city workers clean up the aftermath of the weekend's clashes.
The troubled neighborhood in the South of France is still reeling from the three day-long riots following the police shooting of a suspected armed robber.
Although the situation appears calm for now - residents are still frightened.
"I'm scared because I can't go out. When I want to go out with my bike, they hit me, they don't stop insulting us. One can't sleep at night because they burn cars. One is scared to go out. But them, when their families go outside, they don't hit them. But us, we get hit."
The violent clashes were sparked by Friday's fatal shooting of a man suspected of holding up a casino.
Angry youths took to the streets in protest - vandalizing buildings and burning cars.
Heavily-armed riot police fought back, together with the national SWAT team.
[Nicholas Pinel, Resident]:
"We're in a country at war, this isn't France. It's unreal. It's not normal. We're the inhabitants and we haven't done anything. We haven't asked for anything. One gets the impression that the republic is going to war against us."
French officials say four people have been arrested for firearms offences, while another seven have been detained for carrying illegal weapons.