La Cité des 4,000 in La Courneuve. Photo posted on Flickr by "Linkef".
A police van travelling through the north Paris suburb of La Courneuve came under fire from Kalashnikov automatic rifles on Sunday. Luckily, no-one was hurt.
The use of AK-47s against police officers takes violence in the Parisian suburbs to a new high. In response to the attack, a company of the notorious CRS riot police and around 40 extra officers were sent to the area to reinforce the local forces. Two of our Observers - a resident and a police officer working in La Courneuve - give their views on the deteriorating situation.
Eric Wernert, 34, is a police officer in the district of Seine-Saint-Denis, of which La Courneuve is a district.
Didier Muller, 51, has lived in La Courneuve since 1999. He's president of "Faites la Ville", a local activities and events association.
It really is a shame that the efforts made by the local council are punctuated by a few violent blunders made by the police. The people here want to live peacefully. La Courneuve is not Chicago, it doesn't only comprise of La Cité des 4,000 [a city in the area often talked about the press]. We have detached housing too. We're capable of living together, diverse as we are. We organise events here and they go perfectly well."