Mobs Arrested as Rioters Call for 'Sarko out'; Carla Bruni, President Sarkozy's Wife, at a Charity Dinner for Aids in Paris, Marking the End of the Fashion Season

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Mobs Arrested as Rioters Call for 'Sarko out'; Carla Bruni, President Sarkozy's Wife, at a Charity Dinner for Aids in Paris, Marking the End of the Fashion Season


Byline: PETER ALLEN

AT least 30 alleged rioters were due in court today after serious disturbances brought chaos to Paris.

More than 22 police officers were injured during clashes on "Black Thursday" 24 hours of strikes and demonstrations expressing anger at the global financial crisis.

This morning a mass cleanup operation was taking place around Opera, close to the Paris Ritz hotel.

The worst of the trouble broke out as darkness fell, with masked youths heading towards the Elysee Palace, official residence of President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla.

Police fired tear gas at rioters as they shouted "Sarko Resign", and hurled bricks from a building site.

They had gathered at Place de la Opera from 7pm, following a mass march against Mr Sarkozy's government.

Wheelie bins were set on fire, along with a number of cars, and the windows of banks and jewellery shops which one demonstrator described as "symbols of capitalism" were smashed.

Many of the skirmishes took place in Rue de la Paix, with arrests made throughout the night.

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