FRANCE IN FLAMES: Rioters torch cars in FOURTH night of violence on streets of Grenoble

FRANCE IN FLAMES: Rioters torch cars in FOURTH night of violence on streets of Grenoble

Grenoble riots: Cars have been torched in a fourth night of violence in the French city (Image: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Dramatic pictures show flaming vehicles on their roofs in the middle of a street. Riots earlier this week saw gangs of youths barricade roads and target police with fireworks and petrol bombs. At least 65 cars and a council building have been torched since the unrest began on Sunday, sparked by the death of two teenagers who were killed during a police chase.

Tensions have been running high in the eastern French city since the deaths of the pair, aged 17 and 19, who were reportedly riding a stolen scooter without helmets.

Officials said the two men were known to police for petty crime and were chased by a marked car with its emergency lights on.

They died after crashing into a bus. Prosecutors are treating the deaths as accidental.

However some residents in Grenoble’s Mistral district, where the two teenagers lived, blame police.

65 cars were torched in violence earlier this week (Image: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The riots began after the deaths of two teenagers late on Sunday (Image: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

A relative of one of the teens, who did not give his name, told the AFP news agency that the “police are responsible for their death”.

Clashes with security forces initially took place in the Mistral area but have since spread to other parts of the city.

Police say two riot officers were injured last night after being hit with projectiles and Molotov cocktails thrown from buildings.

Earlier this week, mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle, urged calm and called for an end to the violence.

Youths earlier this week blockaded streets and threw petrol bombs at police (Image: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The Grenoble riots echo unrest in Paris during 2005 which saw more than three weeks of violence in the capital when two teenagers were died after running from police.

Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traore, 15, were electrocuted after hiding from officers in an electrical substation.

Police had chased the boys as they made their way home from a football match.

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