77 At least 82 police injured in Paris riots; violence spreads

Night two of the Paris riots:

Rampaging youths rioted for a second night in Paris’ suburbs, firing at officers and ramming burning cars into buildings. At least 77 officers were injured, a senior police union official said Tuesday.

The overnight violence was more intense than during three weeks of rioting in 2005, said the official, Patrice Ribeiro. He said that “genuine urban guerillas with conventional weapons and hunting weapons” were among the rioters…

Rioting first erupted in Villiers-le-Bel on Sunday night. It grew worse and spread Monday night to other towns north of Paris. Rioters hurled stones and petrol bombs at police, authorities said…

In Villiers-le-Bel, arsonists set fire to the municipal library and burned books littered its floor. Shops and businesses also were attacked and more than 70 vehicles were torched, authorities said.

Violence also was reported in four other towns north of Paris and on the outskirts of Villiers-le-Bel, suggesting that the rioting was spreading.

Having just faced down massive labor strikes, French President Nicholas Sarkozy now has to deal with intense riots by youths of undetermined ethnic extraction.