The police shooting of a 17-year-old Muslim from Algeria has reportedly sparked massive protests across the country, causing the government to place 40,000 police officers on the streets of key cities, including Paris, Thursday night.
Tuesday’s shooting death of Nahel M. during a traffic check in Nanterre, west of Paris, by a police officer, set off the riots.
The adolescent was stopped while driving in the bus lane during a traffic bottleneck, but he refused to provide his license and then attempted to flee, according to Reuters.
According to the Nanterre public prosecutor, the officer shot the boy in the left arm and chest out of concern that he would launch a vehicle chase and hurt other people.
According to the police, Nahel M. has a history of disobeying traffic stops.
Twelve buses were set ablaze, and storefront windows were broken along the street de Rivoli in Paris. Riots were also reported in Roubaix in the north, Marseille in the south, Reims, and Lyon.
The largest library in the nation was torched in Marseilles, while a commercial center was destroyed in the Paris neighborhood of Drancy.
In Seine-Saint-Denis, the Olympic headquarters for the Paris 2024 Games were set on fire.
President of France Emmanuel Macron, who denounced the murder of Nahel M., had already placed restrictions on a number of mosques and Muslim organizations that his administration claimed encouraged “Islamist separatism.”