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French appeals court reopens investigation into Clichy-sous-Bois deaths

October 31, 2012 | By Michel Deléan

A decision to drop legal proceedings against two policemen accused of failing to attempt to prevent the fatal electrocution near Paris of  two teenage boys they were trying to arrest – an incident which sparked nationwide riots – was overturned on Wednesday by France’s highest appeals court. The landmark ruling, seven years after the events, now opens up the path for a trial of the officers in what is a politically and socially highly-charged case, regarded by many as symbolic of the critical tensions between police and young populations in France’s suburban sink estate zones. Michel Deléan reports.

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A decision to drop legal proceedings against two policemen accused of failing to attempt to prevent the fatal electrocution near Paris of  two teenagers they were trying to arrest – an incident which sparked nationwide riots – was overturned on Wednesday by France’s highest appeals court.