Police trial opens decade after deaths triggered French riots

Two police officers went on trial Monday over the deaths of two youths that sparked weeks of deadly rioting in France’s deprived housing estates nearly a decade ago. The two officers, Sebastien Gaillemin and Stephanie Klein arrived stony-faced at the court in Rennes, west of Paris, to face charges they failed to prevent the electrocution deaths of Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17. The teenagers died on October 27, 2005, in a high-voltage electricity sub-station near their Clichy-sous-Bois housing project northeast of Paris, as they hid from police officers milling nearby. We’ve been waiting for this moment for 10 years,” said Adel Benna, Zyed’s brother, as he arrived for the trial.

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