In Wake of Riots, France's President Promises Order

Making happy noises after riots is something of a French tradition


President François Hollande of France said Tuesday that his Socialist government would do everything necessary to ensure that law and order prevailed after rioting overnight in the northern city of Amiens.

The rioting, which followed several days of minor clashes between young people and the police, erupted overnight, with cars and three buildings burned and 17 police officers injured by rocks, fireworks and buckshot, said a spokeswoman for the Somme Prefecture, which covers Amiens.