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I Frankrike har politiet alvorlige problemer hvis de skyter noen, selv om det er i selvforsvar. En gangster ble nylig skutt i Grenoble, og nå har lokale bander satt en pris på politifolkenes hoder. 23 av en avdeling på 30 politi har fått permisjon. Franske myndigheter konkurrerer om kontrollen med gatene.

Det er en alvorlig styrkeprøve. Kriminelle og etniske bander utfordrer ordensmakten, som allerede er tvunget til taktiske vurderinger. At det er politiet som permitteres av sikkerhetshensyn sier noe om hvor langt utviklingen er kommet. Drapstruslene tas høyst alvorlig.

Politiet ble angrepet med halvautomatiske våpen av en 27 år gammel gangster. Man har senere gjort store våpenbeslag. Dette skjer i en provinsiell by som Grenoble. Hva vil skje ved en større konfrontasjon? De kriminelle og de etniske bandene forbereder seg allerede på å kjempe om makten.

Det er samme kamp man ser feks. i Sverige, der politi, brannvesen og ambulanser møtes med stenkasting og sabotasje. Man ønsker å demonstrere territoriell kontroll og hat mot øvrigheten.

Svenskene later som om de ikke forstår budskapet.

In the past week there have been running battles in Grenoble between police and rioters, following the fatal shooting earlier this month of 27-year-old Karim Boudouda.

Machine guns found

Boudouda was one of two men suspected of holding up a casino at Uriage-les-Bains, near Grenoble, whom police were pursuing early on 16 July.

Police said they were shot at, and that they opened fire in self defence after one of the men, Boudouda, turned on them with a semi-automatic weapon. He was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

Rioting erupted in Grenoble after a memorial service for Boudouda, a convicted robber, and since then local gangs have vowed to avenge his death.

In one raid on a local bar in the working class suburb of Villeneuve, police found sub-machine guns and pistols.

Reinforcements have been brought in from outside forces, but it has emerged that 23 members of a unit of 30 officers have been told to stay at home. Three of them have already transferred from the squad.

The local police chief said his force was hunting those who issued the death threats, but in the meantime he is taking every precaution.

Last week, Mr Sarkozy fired the district police chief in response to the violence, and promised retribution for criminals who torched shops and cars.

The representative of the local police union, Daniel Chomette, said the gangs were capable of anything.

«These threats are credible and have been confirmed by intelligence we have received. There are contracts on the heads of some officers,» Mr Chomette was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

No-one was injured on the night of the riots, but among some 20 people arrested were four men who were shooting live rounds at officers.

French detectives put on leave after death threats