France faces growing unrest as lockdown continues


A motorcycle hit a police car on April 18 in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, a Paris suburb, causing sparks unrest throughout France because more people oppose locking.

Intentional attacks have been reported in Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Versailles and Lyon.

A fire destroyed a primary school and thugs threw fireworks at the police in two separate incidents in Paris on Tuesday, April 21. In Toulouse, vandals set fire to cars and garbage cans.

In Lyon, 30 people destroyed and vandalized a bus shelter, public garbage cans, several cars and the entrance to the local crèche on April 20, shouting: “It’s for Villeneuve-la-Garenne”.

The mayor of Lyon, Alexandre Vincendet, later described the culprits as “morons, idiots and imbeciles”.

Police are still investigating the motorcycle accident in Villeneuve-la-Garenne that sparked the sudden wave of hooliganism, while witnesses say the officer deliberately opened the door of his car.

The biker, however, asked people to remain calm amid growing unrest over the strict foreclosure of the French capital.

“I understand that you destroyed cars. I ask you to go home and calm down, ”said the anonymous biker in a video.

The French government has applied national guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but local laws vary. The measures apply to French citizens and visitors across the country.

Generally, people are only allowed to venture outside their home for essential groceries, such as buying food, water and toiletries. When a person leaves their home, they must sign a dated authorization form.

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