Police sources have said that 25 vehicles have been burned and 18 people were arrested during the violence so far, which began on Sunday after a Muslim woman wearing a niqab refused to present her identity papers when requested by police.
Anger also seems to have been fueled by the death of a local man at Seysses prison. A force of 200 policemen, supported by a helicopter, was mobilized over fears of the outbreak. Locals have been fighting them by throwing stones and setting fire to a local police station.
The prefecture issued an order on Monday prohibiting the sale and transport of gasoline, fearing continuing violence.