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Amid Ongoing Riots, Chirac Vows to Restore Order

French president Jacques Chirac breaks his silence on the rioting that has shaken his nation for more than a week. Chirac vows to restore order but also pledges to support equal opportunity for all.

In poor suburbs across France, young people, mainly of North African descent, have been torching vehicles, schools and police stations.

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Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team.
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