France riots: More than 1,300 arrested across country on fourth night of unrest

Posted on AllSides July 1st, 2023
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France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said more than 1,300 arrests were made on Friday night as racial riots entered their fourth night across the country and in French territories worldwide.

Riots initially started on Tuesday after 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk was shot by police after an altercation at a traffic stop. Merzouk, of Algerian and Moroccan descent, has become, for some, a symbol of the increasing racial tension in France.

The violence, looting, and arson that started in Paris have swept across the country from the eastern city of Strasbourg to the central city of Lyon and to the Mediterranean...

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