Paris shops looted in ruins amid riots as teenager shot by police
Britons traveling to France have been warned to avoid no-go zones amid violent protests over the police killing of a teenager of North African descent.
Residents making the trip across the Channel are being urged to check the media for updates as the situation on the ground continues to evolve.
“Some local governments may impose curfews,” the State Department said in the updated guidance. “The location and timing of the riots is unpredictable. You should monitor the media, avoid areas where riots are taking place.”
More than 600 people were arrested overnight across France on the third night of unrest linked to the death of 17-year-old Nahel M, who was shot dead by an officer in Nanterre, about 11 kilometers from the center of Paris. northwest.
The police officer has been charged with attempted murder and has apologized to the boy’s family.
About 40,000 officers were deployed across the country on Thursday to try to quell further clashes but a total of 667 people were arrested by police.
French President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting of the new government later on Friday to discuss the crisis with ministers and officials.
Britons traveling to France warn of travel disruption
The UK has warned residents traveling to France that they could face “disruption” to road and public transport journeys following a third night of violent protests over the country. Police shooting death of a teenager.
“Since June 27, riots have taken place all over France. Many have become violent. Shops, public buildings and parked cars were targeted. There may be disruption to road travel and local transport supply may be reduced,” the State Department said in the updated guidance.
“Some local governments may impose a curfew. The place and time of the riots are unpredictable. You should monitor the media, avoid areas where riots are taking place, check the latest travel advice from operators and follow the advice of the authorities.”
Matt MathersJune 30, 2023 12:48
Growing interest among Britons holidaying in France or booked to travel for the weekend
Concern is growing for British tourists already in France or planning to travel there for the weekend.
independence calculates that around 260,000 British tourists have booked flights, ferries and trains to France on Saturday and Sunday.
While most of the unrest is taking place away from tourist areas, the closure of public transport in Paris and other major cities at night will cause significant problems for many visitors. tourism.
Britain’s biggest low-cost carrier, easyJet, says it will allow passengers booked for Saturday or Sunday to switch to another flight without paying the usual £49 fee.
An easyJet spokesperson said: “Any customer flying to France this weekend who wants to change their plans can contact our customer service team for assistance with their options. their flight, including switching to an alternative flight, and we will waive the change.”
Almost all Eurostar trains from London to Paris on the weekend are full, or about 20,000 passengers.
A Eurostar spokesman said: “Our services to France are currently operating as scheduled and the normal fare conditions apply.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on Eurostar.com and Twitter if this changes.”
Since the State Department does not warn against travel, travelers will not be able to claim compensation if they decide not to continue their trip to France or return home early.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 17:55
Young man dies after jumping out of building during riot – Rouen . Prosecutor’s Office
A young man has died after jumping off a building during last night’s riots, BFM TV reported on Friday, citing the prosecutor’s office in Rouen, northern France.
The supermarket on the ground floor of the building had a riot.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 17:49
Riots in France: Images of burned cars line the streets of Nanterre, wreckage is cleared in Nantes
Violence broke out in the cities of Marseille, Lyon, Pau, Toulouse, Strasbourg and Lille as well as Paris, where 17-year-old Nahel M. – of Algerian and Moroccan descent – was shot dead on Tuesday in a suburb of the Nanterre working class. . His death, captured on video at a traffic stop, has sparked longstanding complaints in poor, multiracial urban communities about police violence and racism. .
Videos on social media showed the urban landscape on fire. A tram was burned in the eastern city of Lyon and 12 buses were destroyed at a depot in Aubervilliers, north of Paris.
In Nanterre on the outskirts of the capital, protesters set fire to cars, barricaded streets and hurled bullets at police after an earlier peaceful vigil.
A local official said looters ransacked stores, including an Apple store in the eastern city of Strasbourg. A source told Reuters that several Casino supermarkets had been looted.
The energy minister said several employees of the electricity distribution company Enedis were injured by rocks during the clashes. The Interior Ministry said 79 police stations were attacked overnight, as well as 119 public buildings including 34 town halls and 28 schools.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 17:45
Snapchat closely follows the riots in France
A Snapchat spokesperson said there is no tolerance for content that incites violence or hate. Reuters in response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s request for social media platforms to help tame violence amid riots in France.
“We continue to monitor the situation,” the spokesman said.
Riots broke out this week after a police officer killed a 17-year-old man.
Mr Macron previously said social media had helped the rioters organize themselves but also contributed to “imitating” the behavior of some young people, who repeat what they see online and lose sight of reality.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 17:14
Is it safe to travel to Paris right now?
The death of the teenager, known only as Nahel, was captured on video and has shocked France, sparking long-simmering tensions between young people and police in residential areas. disadvantaged people across the country.
But as the French capital is gearing up for the annual influx of summer holiday tourists, is it safe to travel to Paris?
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 16:54
In the photo: Police officers in riot gear stand guard in Strasbourg, a shop owner cleans up graffiti on the storefront
More than 800 arrests have taken place across France following widespread protests against the police killing of a 17-year-old boy, identified as Nahel, in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.
Police and firefighters struggled to stop protesters and put out numerous fires throughout the night that damaged schools, police stations and town halls or other public buildings. There were also reports of looting in several locations, including central Paris.
Looters ransacked stores, including an Apple store in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, a local official said Friday.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 16:25
The pop concert due to take place at the Stade De France on Friday has been cancelled
A pop concert that was due to take place at the Stade De France on Friday night was canceled due to riots. The news was confirmed by a prefect of the Seine-Saint-Denis Departement, Reuters report.
The national stadium of France, it is located in the commune of Saint-Denis, north of Paris. It is Europe’s sixth largest stadium, with a capacity of 80,698.
French-Canadian pop artist Mylène Farmer is scheduled to perform there Friday and Saturday nights.
“By administrative decision, Mylène Farmer’s concerts at the Stade de France on June 30 and July 1 have been cancelled,” an English-language statement on the Stade De France website reads.
“We are working on ways to notify you later. We understand your disappointment, but hope to see you soon at the Stade de France.”
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 16:17
UN says seize opportunity to tackle racism in police
The United Nations human rights office has stressed the importance of peaceful assembly, calling on French authorities to ensure that police use of force is lawful, proportionate and non-discriminatory. judge.
Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said: “It is time for the country to seriously address the deep problems of racism and racism in law enforcement.
The police officer, who prosecutors say admitted shooting a fatal shot at the teenager, was on Thursday under formal investigation for attempted murder – the equivalent of being charged under Anglo-Saxon jurisdiction. He is in preventive custody.
His lawyer, Laurent-Franck Lienard, said his client aimed the driver’s leg but was hit, prompting him to shoot himself in the chest. “Clearly (the police) don’t want to kill the driver,” Lienard said on BFM TV.
Some Western governments warn citizens to be cautious.
The US Embassy said in a tweet, while UK authorities warned Britons about possible traffic disruptions and local curfews.
The unrest revived memories of three weeks of nationwide riots in 2005 that forced then-president Jacques Chirac to declare a state of emergency.
That wave of violence erupted in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois following the deaths of two young men who were electrocuted in a substation as they evaded the police.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 16:15
Looters raid shops in Strasbourg amid riots in France
A local official said looters ransacked stores, including an Apple store in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, amid riots that spread across the country on Friday.
Eleanor NoyceJune 30, 2023 16:00