France deploys anti-terror units against rioters

Paris has deployed 40,000 officers on the third day of riots over the police killing of 17-year-old man during a traffic stop

France deploys anti-terror units against rioters

France deploys anti-terror units against rioters

Curfews were declared in several cities as protests over the death of a man in a police shooting continue

The French government deployed over 40,000 police and gendarmes around the country on Thursday, including elite counter-terrorism and tactical units, after rioters infuriated by the death of a 17-year-old pizza delivery driver torched a bank and attacked a prison.

“vengeance” issued by Nahel’s mother Mounia on social media. The demonstration ended in clashes with police. By 9 pm local time, a Credit Mutuelle bank branch in the town was looted and set on fire.

Several cities, including Clamart and Compiegne, have declared night-time curfews until Monday. Four of France’s 18 regions – Bordeaux, Ile-de-France, Tours and Lille – have also suspended all public transportation. 

“violence will not solve anything” and condemning the “inadmissible and unacceptable acts” of the rioters.

Meanwhile, the Nanterre prosecutor has charged the officer who fatally shot Nahel with intentional homicide. The officer’s attorney, Laurent-Franck Lienard, told the French media that his client is sorry about the teen’s death, but maintains that the shooting was within the law. Lienard said he intends to fight the charges “once the political pressure and the anger of the street have calmed down and we can be heard.”