Gavin Mortimer Gavin Mortimer

France is in danger of descending into anarchy

Fireworks explode as policemen stand by during protests in Roubaix, northern France (Credit: Getty images)

France endured its worst night of rioting yet on Thursday as violence continued across the country. For the third consecutive evening, youths went on the rampage in most major cities, despite the presence of 40,000 police. Shops were looted, town halls attacked, police stations firebombed and vehicles were hijacked in extraordinary scenes of urban warfare.

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