Riots broke out in Paris amid anger at the “brutal” treatment by the ethnic minority police when the coronavirus was shut down.
Loads of tear gas and batons were fired by police in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, north of Paris, early this morning as fireworks exploded on the street.
Armed police were seen moving around the area as groups of protesters gathered.
It comes after a 30-year-old man was seriously injured in the neighborhood in a collision with an undercover police car.
President Emmanuel Macron has extended social distancing measures from France until May 11. His daily death toll from the virus fell to its lowest level in three weeks today with 395 deaths recorded, bringing the total to 19,718.
Riots broke out in the Parisian suburb of Villeneuve-la-Garenne following allegations of brutality against ethnic minorities by the police. (Photo: an officer asks a reporter to step back in the suburbs early Monday morning)
Fireworks explode in the middle of the street in the French suburbs early this morning
Protesters fired fireworks at buildings and at police in the early hours of the morning
A car waits at a crossroads in the neighborhood as fireworks explode above you
Fireworks lit the red sky over the Parisian suburbs early this morning, videos posted on social networks.
Garbage cans were also filmed flaming and filling the air with smoke as armed police entered the area.
Police were filmed abusing French journalist Taha Bouhafs, of Algerian descent, and holding his arms behind his back.
He had filmed tear gas canisters fired by officers who had been hit by numerous fireworks.
The morning violence followed an investigation by prosecutors after a 30-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with an undercover police car in Villeneuve-la-Garenne.
Friends of the victim, who were not named, said the Saturday night incident was an example of police brutality against ethnic minority communities during the isolation.
“The seriously injured man is of Arab and Muslim origin,” said a source familiar with the matter.
“He is a hospital critic and the locals reacted very badly to what happened. “
A local police spokesman said, “The police and their reinforcements were targeted by rioters, who threw stones and fireworks.
“The violence started in Villeneuve-la-Garenne and has spread to other nearby towns and areas. “
A firework photographed exploding on a street in the northern suburbs of Paris early this morning
The demonstrators set off fireworks. The riots were sparked after a 30-year-old man was seriously injured in a collision with an undercover police car in the area
Police threw tear gas and baton charges as they moved to disperse protesters in the area
A police officer was seen carrying a large rifle as they moved through the neighborhood
Prosecutors in Beziers, southern France, announced last week that officers are facing criminal charges after the death of a father of three while under arrest for violating locking Coronavirus.
Three officers were filmed dragging Mohamed Gabsi, 33, along the ground during a curfew.
They are suspected of “intentional violence by a public official resulting in manslaughter” and of “failure to assist a person in danger”.
The offenses are accompanied by a potential combined prison sentence of 15 years and more, local prosecutors said.
The case is particularly delicate because Mr. Gabsi was a Muslim and Béziers is headed by a far-right mayor supported by the National Rally party, formerly called the National Front.
Mr. Gabsi had suffered a heart attack when he arrived at the local police station, and witnesses saw two of the officers seated above him in their patrol car.
The suspicious death of Mr. Gabsi follows numerous complaints about police racism when the armed forces throughout France apply one of the strictest prohibitions in Europe.
A spokesperson for the French League for Human Rights described the death of Mr. Gabsi, who was of Arab origin, as a “scandal that shows how the poor are killed” by the foreclosure.
French journalist Taha Bouhafs, of Algerian origin, mistreated by police
Two officers hold the journalist’s arms behind his back. He reported on the protests
France reported on Tuesday a total of 19,718 deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the health emergency. A total of 152,894 cases have also been detected in the country.
Its strict foreclosure measures “work,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said today at a press conference.
French authorities have announced that they will release plans to end the lockdown “within two weeks” and begin to disseminate their strategy “in the coming days”.
“It is likely that we will not see the end of imprisonment which would happen all at once everywhere and for everyone,” said Philippe, revealing the details of the strategy.
Locking out France could cause the French economy to contract by 10% this year.
The country has been locked out since March 17, and this will continue until May 11 at least.