On the night of June 30, 667 people were detained throughout France who participated in the riots due to the murder of a teenager from a French-Algerian family by police. Of these, 307 are in Paris. The protests have been going on for the fourth day, law enforcement officers cannot suppress them.
“Last night, our police, gendarmes and firefighters once again bravely faced rare violence. In accordance with my instructions for tough measures, they arrested 667 people, ”wrote the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin on Twitter.
249 police officers and gendarmes were also injured.
In total, the authorities mobilized 40,000 police officers, including 5,000 in the capital, writes Le Parisien.
According to preliminary estimates, the protesters looted dozens of shops, burned 934 cars and damaged 212 buildings, including 18 schools. Around 2:00 am, 16 men were arrested while trying to take goods out of the vandalized stores. A little later, four more marauders were arrested on Turbigo Street. The two thieves were then apprehended wearing stolen Lacoste clothing.
The RATP bus center in Aubervilliers (Saint-Saint-Denis) was bombarded with Molotov cocktails, after which about 20 bus routes are not served.
French Minister Delegate for Housing Olivier Klein warned that the country’s authorities intend to introduce a state of emergency amid unrest.
President Emmanuel Macron said on the morning of June 30 that he was ready to reform the existing system “without taboos,” the Elysee Palace reported.
“The Head of State expects from the Interdepartmental Crisis Department that the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior will, without taboo, make proposals for further reform of our law enforcement system in the coming hours,” the message says.
Earlier, Macron left the European Union summit in Brussels ahead of schedule in order to return to Paris as soon as possible.
After the murder of a teenager, the UN called on the French authorities to address the problems of racism and racial discrimination in the police. “The time has come for the country to seriously address the deep-seated issues of racism and racial discrimination among law enforcement,” said Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
What happened on June 27
On the morning of June 27 in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, the police stopped a car driven by 17-year-old Nahel. The young man first slowed down, and then refused to comply with the requirements of the police and stepped on the gas. A shot rang out, the car drove a couple more meters and crashed into an obstacle.
The police officer who shot the teenager was arrested and is in custody. On air on BFMTV, the lawyer for the police officer, Laurent-Frank Lienard, said that “his last words were an apology to his family.”
On the same day, in front of the emergency room at the Max Fourrestier Hospital in Nanterre, a paramedic who knew the murdered Nahel attacked a policeman.
Local media clarifies that it was not the same police officer who shot the teenager. Later, the attacking paramedic apologized, explaining that he was in a state of passion, as the boy grew up before his eyes and he “considered him his younger brother.”
According to the ambulance officer, Nahel was “kind and sympathetic” and “never raised his hand to anyone, never showed cruelty.”