Paris riots erupt AGAIN with 150 arrests after violent protests against police

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France's Interior Minister described "a night of unbearable violence against symbols of the republic."

Sam Montgomery

By Sam Montgomery

Published: 29/06/2023

- 08:24

Violence spreads throughout France in second night of riots after an officer killed a teenager at a traffic stop

Paris and other parts of France were once again plunged into chaos last night, as protesters voiced their outrage at the police shooting of a French-Algerian teenager who refused to halt at a traffic stop.

Police were out in full force, arresting over 150 rioters and firing tear gas in a bid to prevent protesters setting buildings and vehicles alight.

French President Emmanuel Macron has called a crisis meeting with ministers and earlier labelled the shooting of 17-year-old Nael as “inexplicable” and “unforgivable.”

In a video circulating online, two police officers can be seen at the window of a bright yellow Mercedes AMG, which officials say had been hired by the victim and was driving erratically.

Paris riots after police \u2018execute\u2019 teenager at traffic stop

Police shoot teenager Nael M at a traffic stop


In the video, later verified by AFP, one of the officers points a gun through the driver’s window and as the car starts moving a gunshot can be heard.

The victim, named locally as French-Algerian delivery driver, Nael M, died of bullet wounds to the chest after being shot in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.

There were two other passengers in the car at the time of the incident, of which one fled the scene and the other, also a minor, was arrested.

The officer has been detained on homicide charges.

riot police face flames

French police killed 13 people at traffic stops last year


According to the newspaper Le Monde, the police had initially professed that the teenager drove towards the officers with the intention of inflicting harm, though the viral video undermines this account.

Spurred by the initial shooting and exacerbated by the latter excuses, Parisians have taken to the streets in a show of anger and solidarity.

Cars and buildings have been torched, rubbish bins toppled and set alight, fireworks, firecrackers and rockets aimed at police forces, and bus shelters destroyed.

In the Mons-en-Barœul suburb of Lille, people broke into the town hall and started fires, while pockets of violence have also been reported around Toulouse, Lyon and Amiens.

In response, police used tear gas and broke up barricades erected by the demonstrators, arresting 24 individuals on Tuesday night and at least 150 more on Wednesday night.


Two weeks ago a 19-year-old driver was shot dead by police at a traffic stop in Angouleme


Speaking to reporters in Marseille on Tuesday, President Macron said: "I would like to express the feelings of the entire nation at what has happened and the death of young Nael, and to tell his family of our solidarity and the nation's affection.

"We have a teenager who has been killed. It's inexplicable, unforgivable.”

France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who appealed for calm on Tuesday but conceded the video shared on social media was "extremely shocking,” has spoken out on "a night of unbearable violence against symbols of the republic."

The latest shooting adds to an unwelcome trend for French police, for a record 13 people lost their lives to police shootings during traffic stops last year.

Yassine Bouzrou, the teenager’s family lawyer, believes the video "clearly showed a policeman killing a young man in cold blood,” and sees no credibility to self-defence claims.

\u200bPresident Macron photographed in Marseille on Tuesday

President Macron photographed in Marseille on Tuesday


Another lawyer representing the victim's family, Jennifer Cambla, described the death as an "execution".

Politicians have harnessed this case to further calls for an overhaul of the police force.

Sabrina Sebaihi, MP for Nanterre, said: “You don't need to be an expert to see that what happened was a flagrant disregard for human life. We have to act now.

“This means tackling the use of police in general in this country and especially the use of deadly force."

Meanwhile, left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon expressed his "heartfelt condolences" to the family of the teenager.

He added: "No officer has the right to kill unless in self-defence.

"This uncontrolled police force discredits the authority of the state. It needs to be completely overhauled.”

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