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Thousands of people arrested amid riots in France over teen's killing by police

Authorities reported that roughly 2,500 fires were set and stores were ransacked. 

Published: July 1, 2023 11:21am

Updated: July 1, 2023 5:47pm

More than 1,300 people were arrested in France on the fourth night of rioting over alleged police brutality that resulted in a teenager being killed. 

The unrest caused French President Emmanuel Macron to cancel a trip planned abroad and he told parents to keep their kids at home, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities reported that roughly 2,500 fires were set and stores were ransacked. Forty thousand police officers were deployed in response to the riots across the country.

Macron condemned the riots via social media. 

"Violence against police stations, schools, town halls, against the Republic, is unjustifiable. Thank you to the police, gendarmes, firefighters and elected officials mobilized. Meditation, Justice and calm must guide the next few hours," he tweeted.

The teenager who was killed has been identified as Nahel M., whose family's roots are in Algeria, a former French colony. He was pulled over by police in Nanterre, a Paris suburb, Tuesday morning for allegedly violating traffic laws, including refusing to pull over multiple times for police, while driving a car with a Polish license plate. Police initially said the teen was shot after driving his Mercedes at them.

Footage of the incident uploaded online shows police officers with their weapons drawn at the driver's window. The driver started to pull away and police began to shoot, hitting the teen through the arm and chest before the car crashed. 

The officer who shot Nahel was detained on voluntary homicide charges.

At least 200 police officers have been injured or wounded during the four nights of riots, and more than 2,400 people have been arrested, over half of them on the fourth night, according to the AP.  

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