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France shooting: Clashes and tear gas in Marseille as chaos continues


02 July 2023  

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PARIS: Police and rioters clashed in the French city of Marseille as the country battles with a fifth night of unrest after the death of a teenager shot by police at point-blank range, BBC reported.

Videos show police using tear gas, as officials say at least 56 arrests have been made in the southern city, it said.

But a heavy police presence in central Paris seems to have deterred protests.

Large crowds turned out for the funeral of Nahel M, 17, who was killed as he drove away from a traffic stop, according to BBC.

Many French cities have descended into chaos since Tuesday after the killing happened in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.

At least 322 people had been arrested nationwide by 01:30 local time on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

According to the report, around 45,000 police were deployed across the country for a second night on Saturday, after more than 2,300 people were arrested over four nights of riots.

In footage circulating online, police can be seen using tear gas against people in the city.

The video shows the clashes taking place on La Canebière, the main avenue in the heart of Marseille.

French media reports that fighting has been taking place between a large group of rioters and officers in the area for more than an hour.

More than 1,300 arrests were made on Friday night alone, and the number of arrests on Saturday is likely to rise further.

The funeral for 17 year-old Nahel was held in Nanterre earlier on Saturday.

After the service at the mosque in the Paris suburb, his body was to be taken to the local cemetery.

Supporters of the family told the news media to keep away. All filming – even on phones – was banned: “No Snapchat, no Insta,” mourners were told.

(Inputs from BBC)

Publish Date : 02 July 2023 07:23 AM

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