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Riot engulfs troubled French district in north

Violence » two school buildings burned, along with a dozen cars and trash cans used as flaming barricades.



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In recent days, there has also been unrest in the southern city of Toulouse, where rival groups in two housing projects have been battling for a number of days. The violence marked the first major unrest under Hollande, who took office in May.

Unemployment stands at 12 percent in the Somme, the area in northern France of which Amiens is the seat, compared with 10 percent nationwide. Among French ages 15-24, unemployment stands at 23.3 percent, according to the national statistics agency.

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