French mob attacks police station with fireworks and metal bars

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A crowd armed with metal bars and fireworks attacked a police station in the Paris suburbs on Saturday evening, officials said.

The group of around 40 tried to storm Champigny-sur-Marne train station, about 15 km southeast of central Paris, according to Reuters.

Police released a video showing fireworks towards the station. The attackers failed to enter but managed to severely damage the train station and cars nearby, officials said.

No one has yet been arrested for the attack.

“Violent attack last night against the Champigny police station with mortar fire and various projectiles. No police officer was injured, ”tweeted the Paris police headquarters on Sunday.

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The motive for the attack is not clear, but it is the third such attack in the past two years.

The mayor of Champigny, Laurent Jeanne, said the attack could have been triggered after a scooter accident that local residents blamed on police.

“It was an organized attack of around 40 people who wanted to fight. In recent days, it has been tense with people who have a certain desire to fight with the police, ”he told BFM TV.

Criminal activity has increased across France since the end of the national COVID-19 lockdown.

Over the weekend, a series of swastikas were spray painted in Paris. Police tweeted a photo showing an expanse of columns, each painted with the symbol of hate.

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“The entire nasty Nazi tags in Paris. Thanks to the police for the responsiveness: the alleged perpetrator has been arrested, ”one person tweeted.

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