PARIS -- Police used tear gas to disperse youthful rioters who threw Molotov cocktails and rocks Friday, torching a store and several cars in a bleak Parisian suburb where an 18-year-old of Arab origin was shot and killed by a supermarket guard earlier this week.
The clashes began shortly before midnight Thursday at Sartrouville and lasted for three hours until police brought the situation under control. Five police officers, two firefighters and one demonstrator were hurt and seven youths were arrested.
A three-story furniture store was gutted and several automobiles set afire during the disturbances. Similar trouble erupted in the neighborhood earlier this week after the shooting of Djamel Chettouh.
The incidents once again called attention to high-unemployment ghettos surrounding the capital where disillusionment with the policies of President Francois Mitterrand's Socialist government runs deep.
Two companies of riot police patrolled the streets of Sartrouville after calm was restored around 3 a.m.
Sartrouville Mayor Laurent Wetzel toured the streets during the riots and had a shouting match with a group of youths of Maghreb origin outside the burning furniture store.
The youths responded by demanding his resignation and he had to be escorted by police to the safety of city hall after baton wielding police charged the crowd.
Wetzel accused police of letting the demonstrators off lightly and said trouble-makers had come in to his town from other areas.
'The hooligans have come from everywhere for they know impunity is assured at Sartrouville,' he told reporters.
Earlier Thursday two supermarket guards accused of killing Chettouh appeared in court. One of the two, Kamel Zouabi, 28, of Tunisian origin, admitted firing the shot from a pump-action shotgun that mortally wounded the youngster.
A second guard, Mohamed Mostefa, 36, an Algerian, was indicted on charges of complicity in the incident at the Euromarche supermarket.
Friends of Chettouh said he was shot in a scuffle after he and some others sat down at a cafeteria in the supermarket. The security guards sought to throw Chettouh out when he did not order because he was fasting for the Moslem holy month of Ramadan, they said.
The supermarket management denied that version of events. 'The group was behaving rowdily and threateningly,' a spokesman said.
Chettouh was known to police for a series of minor offenses.
Management of the supermarket sought to calm local youths Thursday by agreeing to close until Tuesday morning 'as a sign of mourning.'