Sun, 24 September 2023
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France: 'Do not riot,' killed teen's grandmother says

Update : 03 Jul 2023, 01:51

The slain 17-year-old's grandmother urged rioters to "stop" the violence. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he was observing the situation "with caution."

The office of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that 45,000 police officers were available for overnight duty on Sunday, the same figure as on the previous two nights.

President Emmanuel Macron was also holding a special security meeting on Sunday night, though it was not clear whether he would speak publicly amid the engagement.

Macron earlier this week delayed what would have been a French president's first formal state visit to Germany in 23 years, which would have started on Sunday evening, in order to deal with the unrest at home.

Early on Sunday evening, the situation appeared somewhat calmer. Though quite often the unrest has only really started in earnest after nightfall.

Police in major cities had not issued the updates on violence or arrests that have become routine in the past few days.

Paris' police precinct, however, posted a notification on social media saying that a special decree by the local prefecture "authorizes the capture, recording and transmission of images" by aerial drones between 6 p.m. on Sunday evening and 6 a.m. the next morning in parts of the city, seemingly in a bid to aid the identification of suspects and police coordination.

The grandmother of 17-year-old Nahel, who was fatally shot by a police officer at close range on Tuesday, has called on riots ongoing since his death to stop.

Speaking to BFMTV, the grandmother asked rioters to "stop breaking shop windows, stop breaking schools or buses."

"I tell the people who are rioting this: Do not smash windows, attack schools or buses. Stop! It's the mums who are taking the bus, it's the mums who walk outside," she said.

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