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French Officials Vow Crackdown on Riots

France has authorized emergency measures after a dozen nights of rioting. The unrest, which has highlighted racial divisions in France, is the country's worst crisis in four decades.

Local officials can now impose curfews if they choose, and police have authority to conduct raids without warning. Severe punishment for rioters was promised, and the first sentences were handed down Monday.

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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.