Minor killed by the police: 719 arrests in France during a 5th night of violence

More than 700 people were arrested overnight from Saturday to Sunday across France, during a fifth evening of violence and clashes between angry young people, following the death on Tuesday in Nanterre, of young Nahel by a gunshot. a policeman, policeman and law enforcement.

In anticipation of this violence, the government mobilized 45,000 police and gendarmes throughout the territory, the same number of elements of the police deployed the previous night which had resulted in more than 1,300 arrests among the demonstrators.

The report of this night of clashes established by the Ministry of the Interior also reports 45 police officers and gendarmes injured, 577 vehicles and 74 buildings burned, while 871 fires were recorded on the public highway, according to a report from the ministry. inside.

During the night of Saturday, the violence particularly affected the city of Marseille, where the police were supported by the Raid and the GIGN, 65 people were arrested. Two armored vehicles and two helicopters were also engaged.

In Paris and its inner suburbs, the main starting point for urban riots after the death of the 17-year-old teenager in Nanterre, 7,000 police and gendarmes were deployed and 162 people were arrested, according to the media.

Clashes between groups of young people and the police also rocked Brest, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Lyon. In the latter city, very affected the day before by urban violence, 21 people were arrested.

In addition to strengthening the security system following the tragedy in Nanterre, the government, which fears a scenario similar to the three weeks of riots in the suburbs of 2005 following the death of two young people in Clichy-Sous-Bois, in the inner suburbs of Paris , has decided to cancel large-scale events, while several cities have introduced night curfews.

As part of this urban violence, which has continued since Tuesday, several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have called on their nationals in France or wishing to travel to France to be vigilant and avoid gatherings. massive.

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