Wed, 27 September 2023
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France sees fewer arrests as riots ease

Update : 06 Jul 2023, 01:15

Calm appears to have returned after violent protests following a police shooting that killed a teenager. But President Emmanuel Macron has warned caution is still needed.

Police counted only 16 arrests overnight in France, the Interior Ministry reported on Wednesday.

This is the lowest number since the riots started on June 27, with no damage to police stations and officers.

The newspaper Le Parisien said that 78 cars and eight buildings were set on fire, citing the ministry.

At the peak of rioting over the weekend, French media had reported more than 1,300 arrests made by the police on Friday night and more than 700 on Saturday night.

The recent shooting of a 17-year-old teenager of a migrant background at a traffic stop by a police officer unleashed days of rioting in cities across the country.

The killing sparked the worst urban violence in years, resulting in hundreds of arrests per night.

Eight buildings were damaged from Tuesday to Wednesday, hundreds of bins and other street infrastructure set on fire and 159 vehicles torched, the interior ministry said.

Even though the number of arrests was less, the ministry said the police remained highly mobiliszd with 45,000 officers patrolling the streets.

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