Riots breakout in Paris after teen fatally shot by police officer
France is mobilising a police force of 40,000 across the country to stem riots triggered by the killing of a 17-year-old teenager by a police officer who was placed under formal investigation for voluntary homicide today.
The French Interior Ministry announced the force mobilisation across France today, including 5,000 in Paris.
The announcement came as Paris witnessed a second night of violent protests with rioters setting cars and public buildings ablaze over the fatal police shooting of teenager Nahel during a traffic stop.
Police arrested 150 people overnight, with French president Emmanuel Macron condemning the violence as “unjustifiable”.
The epicentre of the unrest was in Nanterre, a working-class town in the western outskirts of Paris. The killing, caught on video, shocked the country and stirred up long-simmering tensions between locals and officials in disadvantaged neighbourhoods around France.
Clashes first erupted on Tuesday night in and around Nanterre, following which the government deployed 2,000 police to maintain law and order.
“The last few hours have been marked by scenes of violence against police stations but also schools and town halls, and thus institutions of the Republic and these scenes are wholly unjustifiable,” Mr Macron said.
Breaking: French interior minister declares mobilising 40,000 police across France
French interior declares mobilising 40,000 police officers across France, including 5,000 in Paris, this evening.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:45
Clash revives riot memories of 2005
The unrest across France, set off by the deadly police shooting of a teenager of North African descent during a traffic stop, has revived memories of riots in 2005 that gripped France for three weeks.
It forced then-president Jacques Chirac to declare a state of emergency.
That wave of violence erupted in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois and spread across the country following the death of two young people electrocuted in a power substation as they hid from police.
Two officers were acquitted in a trial ten years later.
Tuesday’s killing was the third fatal shooting during traffic stops in France so far in 2023, down from a record 13 last year, a spokesperson for the national police said.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:41
In video: Mother of teenager fatally shot by French police shares last words she exchanged with son
Mother of teenager fatally shot by French police shares last words she exchanged with son
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:38
French footballer Mbappe says ‘hurting for my France’
French footballer Kylian Mbappe joined several teammates in expressing anger over the killing of a 17-year-old teen.
“I’m hurting for my France,” Mbappé tweeted. “An unacceptable situation. All my thoughts go to the family and loved ones of Naël, this little angel gone far too soon.”
Barcelona defender Jules Koundé expressed his disbelief at the killing, while lashing out at the coverage by the media.
“As if this latest police blunder wasn’t enough, the nonstop news outlets are taking advantage of it by making a big fuss,” Koundé wrote.
“Disconnected from reality, ‘journalists’ ask ‘questions’ with the sole aim of distorting the truth, criminalizing the victim and finding extenuating circumstances where there are none. An age-old method for masking the real problem.”
“A bullet in the head…It’s always for the same people that being in the wrong leads to death,” France goalkeeper Mike Maignan tweeted in response to Koundé’s post.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:29
In pictures: Riots break out in France
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:11
French PM criticises use of fire arms
France’s prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, has criticised the use of firearms by the police in the incident involving fatal shooting of a 17-year-old driver during a traffic stop.
“The shocking images broadcast yesterday show an intervention that appears clearly not to comply with the rules of engagement of our police forces,” she said in parliament.
Several people have died or sustained injuries at the hands of French police in recent years, prompting demands for more accountability.
France also saw protests against racial profiling and other injustices in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police in Minnesota.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 11:06
Prosecutor says ‘use of weapon not lawful’
French prosecutor said magistrates will investigate a police officer for “voluntary homicide” after he shot and killed a 17-year-old driver.
Nanterre prosecutor Pascal Prache said that based on an initial investigation, he concluded that “the conditions for the legal use of the weapon were not met” in the shooting.
Two magistrates have been named to lead the investigation, he said.
Mr Prache said he requested that the police officer be held in custody. That decision is to be made by another magistrate.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 10:54
France in grip of riots over fatal shooting of teenager
Police and firefighters struggled to contain protesters and extinguish numerous blazes through the night that damaged schools, police stations, town halls and other public buildings, according to a spokesperson for the national police.
The national police today reported fires or skirmishes in multiple cities overnight, from Toulouse in the south to Lille in the north, though the nexus of tensions was Nanterre and other Paris suburbs.
Police arrested 150 people around the country, more than half of them in the Paris region, the spokesperson, who was not authorised to be publicly named according to police rules, said.
The number of people injured was not immediately released.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 10:53
Breaking: Police officer who fatally shot teenager placed under investigation for homicide
The French police officer who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy in a Paris suburb on Tuesday has been placed under formal investigation for voluntary homicide, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.
The deadly shooting of the teenager of North African descent during a traffic stop has triggered two nights of rioting across France, prompting president Emmanuel Macron to convene a crisis meeting with senior ministers earlier in the day.
Namita Singh29 June 2023 10:26
Watch: French National Assembly observes minute silence for teenager fatally shot by police
French National Assembly observes minute silence for teenager fatally shot by police
Namita Singh29 June 2023 09:58