Fifth night of tension and riots in France after a young man was killed by police bullets

Juan Pedro Quinonero


Updated on 02/07/2023 at 00:49.

At midnight the situation was in France Very tense, but with fewer arrests and less vandalism from the past four days. Unpredictable outbreaks of violence cannot be ruled out.

in ParisOn the Champs-Elysées, the grand national avenue, an impressive deployment of law enforcement forces managed to disperse several groups of young people who had been trying to “demonstrate” for several hours. A tense and flammable situationwithout actually exploding near the first hour of Saturday.

Since mid-afternoon on Saturday, the vast majority of businesses on the Champs-Elysées have taken over emergency measures To prevent violent destruction.

Half a dozen Parisian metro stations are closed Quite late in the afternoon on Saturday “complicates” the situation and attempts to pretend.

in France IslandThe Interior Ministry confirmed that the Paris region is a “traditional” hotbed of great tensions Take control of the situation “without difficulty”.

in Nice – goodIn the heart of the Côte d’Azur, regime forces have taken control of all major streets and public centers.

in MarseilleScenes of vandalism broke out between the hours of 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday, until law enforcement imposed a tense but apparently real calm.

Decided several provincial capitals and the entire Ile-de-France Abolition of all public transportationAnd closing shops and recreation centers early.

By midnight, the police had made about 121 arrests. A more modest number than the old days. All the official and unofficial spokespeople insisted on stressing that France was in a state of tension, but much less harsh than it was in the past days.

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