Court convicts three youths in setting afire a bus with passengers during 2005 unrest - France
A French court for minors has convicted three youths for setting a loaded city bus afire so they could "be on TV" during riots in 2005 that swept across France. One young man who was 15 at the time was given a seven-year prison term, the Associated Press reported.
The convictions come nearly three years after the unrest that began in largely immigrant housing projects and awakened France to the minorities in its midst.
At the time, the boys had said they threw gasoline bombs into the loaded bus because they wanted "to be on TV." The driver and a passenger suffered second-degree burns.
The court in Saint-Etienne, southeast of Paris, convicted Wednesday two others to prison terms of four years, three suspended, and two years, both suspended.