AFP - Football fans battled with police, torched cars in cities across France and looted a supermarket after Algeria beat Egypt to qualify for the World Cup finals, police said.
Police arrested around 150 people in the trouble that flared late Wednesday after thousands of Algeria fans took to the streets to celebrate the team's triumph that secured it a spot at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
France has a large community of Algerian origin and about 12,000 of them turned out on the Champs Elysees in Paris to fete their team's win.
Police intervened when some revellers began throwing bottles and other projectiles and smashing shop windows, a police spokesman said.
Similar violent scenes took place in Marseille in the south, Lyon in the centre-east as well as in some northern towns, and youths set fire to around 150 vehicles in cities across the country.
Trouble-makers burst into a supermarket in Vaulx-en-Velin in the Lyon suburbs and made off with electronic goods and telephones, police said.
Six police officers were injured in the incidents.