Police arrested more than 700 young rioters overnight as France continued for a fifth day of turmoil, with a suburban mayor̵7;s home targeted by a burning car.
Riots broke out in the Paris suburb of Nanterre that spread across France after police killed a 17-year-old boy of Algerian and Moroccan descent on Tuesday.
French police arrested 719 people nationwide as of early Sunday, down from the 1,300 rioters detained on Friday night, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. signaling “Quiet” atmosphere compared to the start of the weekend.
Mayor of L’Hay-les-Roses – a suburb of Paris – Tweeted that his family had been the victims of an “attempted murder” because a car had broken into their house overnight. He called it a “landmark” of “horror and infamy”. Mayor Vincent Jeanbrun was not at home at the time of the attack – like the previous night, he was in his office, BBC informed of, The police is still searching for the attackers.
Police shooting of teen Nahel M. sparks tension among youth again suburbs – living in a generally disadvantaged and multi-racial neighborhood – and accused police brutality and racial discrimination. Around 45,000 police officers were deployed to control the riots across the country, especially in Marseille, Nice and Strasbourg, of whom 5,000 were tasked with patrolling Paris.
Nahel was buried in a Muslim ceremony in Nanterre on Saturday.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday canceled his trip to Germany, which was due to start on Sunday. The growing turmoil forced Macron to leave early on Friday from a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.