France’s Macron to hold new crisis meeting after third night of riots

France’s Macron to hold new crisis meeting after third night of riots

French President Emmanuel Macron will convene a government emergency meeting on Friday in response to the ongoing riots that have erupted across the country. The riots are a result of the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer earlier in the week. The meeting, scheduled for 1100 GMT, is aimed at addressing the escalating unrest.

According to reports from BFM TV, the riots have persisted for three consecutive nights, prompting the need for urgent action. The Elysee palace, cited by BFM TV, confirmed that President Macron will hold the emergency meeting to discuss the situation.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin revealed that 421 individuals were arrested on Thursday evening alone. In an effort to quell the widespread unrest, Darmanin deployed 40,000 police officers throughout France. The high number of arrests and the significant police presence reflect the gravity of the situation.

The town of Nanterre, located on the outskirts of Paris, was the epicenter of the protests. It was in this working-class town that the 17-year-old, identified as Nahel M, was fatally shot by a police officer. Following a peaceful vigil held in honor of the youth, protesters resorted to violence, setting cars on fire, erecting barricades, and launching projectiles at the police.

In addition to the unrest in Nanterre, central Paris also experienced acts of vandalism. A Nike shoe store was broken into, and individuals were apprehended after smashing store windows along the Rue de Rivoli shopping street, according to Paris police.

Social media platforms were flooded with videos depicting fires raging across the country. A bus depot in a suburb north of Paris and a tram in Lyon were among the locations affected by the widespread arson.

In conclusion, President Macron’s government emergency meeting aims to address the escalating riots that have engulfed France. The protests, triggered by the fatal shooting of a teenager, have resulted in widespread unrest and acts of violence. The situation remains tense as authorities work to restore order and ensure the safety of the public.

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