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Violence and looting spreads across France after police ‘execution’ of teenager - as Macron parties with Elton
30 June 2023, 06:39 | Updated: 30 June 2023, 11:46
Some 667 people were arrested in France overnight as violent clashes between police and protestors continued over the killing of a 17-year-old delivery driver.
It was the third night of violence in a row with looting now spreading from Paris to across the country, including in Lille in the north and Marseille in the south.
Some 40,000 officers have been deployed across France.
Unrest erupted on Tuesday after a French policeman shot a teenage delivery driver in Paris. He has since apologised and has since been charged with homicide and remains in custody.
🇫🇷 FLASH - Emmanuel #Macron a été aperçu au concert d’Elton John hier soir, alors que plusieurs villes de France s’embrasaient suite à la mort de Nahel. (Bianca Brandolini sur Instagram) #émeutes pic.twitter.com/9tSHbwllz4— Mediavenir (@Mediavenir) June 29, 2023
Meanwhile, the French President Emmanuel Macron has been criticised after he was pictured at an Elton John concert on Wednesday night.
Thierry Mariani, an MEP for National Rally, said: "While France was on fire, Macron was not at the side of his minister of the interior or the police but he preferred to applaud Elton John."
Macron said on Friday morning that another crisis meeting will be held over the situation.
Meanwhile, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin said: "Last night, our police, gendarmes and firefighters courageously faced rare violence. In accordance with my firm instructions, they made 667 arrests."
On Thursday evening, the police officer issued an apology to the family while in custody.
His lawyer Laurent-Franck Liénard said he was "devastated" and that he "doesn't get up in the morning to kill people".
Supermarkets were broken into, young people with batons had destroyed a pharmacy and McDonalds, and the town hall of Clichy-sous-Bois was set alight in the eastern suburbs of Paris.
Videos shared online show piles of rubbish set alight in various parts of the country.
Firefighters urged Parisians to only make calls to the service in emergencies while they continue to tackle the growing riots and fires.
Rioters are engaging in violence and arson all across Paris as police appear to be completely outnumbered. pic.twitter.com/JbIgwxHddK— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 30, 2023
Over 100 people have been arrested across France on the third night so far as a result of the ongoing unrest in the country.
It comes after it was announced earlier on Thursday that some 40,000 police officers had been deployed in preparation for protests.
The country's interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said 170 officers were injured during Wednesday night’s riots and 180 people were arrested.
Protests have broken out in other French cities since Nahel’s killing, including Lyon, Lille and Toulouse.
Officers shot tear gas into the crowd of protesters in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Thursday as they struggled to control the unrest.
Nahel's mother Monica sat on a truck at a 6,000 person protest, which started out as peaceful, on Thursday wearing a 'Justice for Nahel' T-shirt.
She cried out: "I am for Nahel, I am for Nahel!", as protesters responded: "Justice for Nahel! Justice for Nahel!"
But as the march continued, the atmosphere descended as some protesters started fires and throwing objects at police.
French President Emmanuel Macron labelled the shooting "inexcusable" but appealed for calm on Wednesday.
Nahel's mother said earlier on Thursday: "He was everything to me, and that son of a b***h shot him," she said.
Speaking in a video on Instagram, she said: "He gave me a big kiss and told me he loved me, I told him to be careful, we left the house at the same time and went to McDonalds, then I went to work like everyone.
"An hour later my son was shot. What do I do now?"
She went on in: "I only had one, he was my best friend, my son, we were so close, thank you all for your support, I don't know what else to say."