Approximately 40,000 police officers will be mobilized throughout France in order to prevent any additional demonstrations following the controversial killing of a teenager by a police officer, which has caused widespread anger in the country.
Paris alone will witness the deployment of 5,000 law enforcement personnel as protests, initially triggered by the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old of North African dissent during a traffic stop, escalated into violence.
As Paris experienced another night of destructive protests, individuals engaged in acts of violence by setting fire to cars and public structures in response to the tragic police shooting of teenager Nahel during a routine traffic stop.
During the course of the evening, law enforcement detained 150 individuals, while French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the violence as “unjustifiable.”
Demonstrations commenced following the shooting of 17-year-old Nahel at close range in Nanterre on Tuesday. Videos depicting the incident, widely circulated on social media, portrayed two police officers leaning into a vehicle, with one officer firing his weapon as the driver attempts to move away.
Overnight, numerous cities experienced widespread violent riots as protesters engaged in acts such as torching cars, setting buildings ablaze, and launching fireworks, marking the second consecutive day of such disturbances.
In response to the violent scenes targeting police stations, schools, and town halls—which are considered key institutions of the Republic—President Macron condemned the actions as completely unjustifiable.
The initial clashes erupted on Tuesday night in Nanterre, prompting the government to deploy 2,000 police officers to restore law and order.
Nanterre, a working-class town located on the western outskirts of Paris, emerged as the focal point of the unrest. The incident, captured on video, caused significant shock throughout the country and exacerbated longstanding tensions between residents and authorities in marginalized communities across France.
In Nanterre, clusters of young individuals set fire to numerous vehicles, ignited a series of fireworks, and hurled rocks and other objects at riot police officers, who retaliated by deploying tear gas.
Investigation of the Police officer for homicide
During a press conference, the chief prosecutor in Nanterre stated that the officer who fired the shot had not met the necessary legal requirements for the use of the weapon.
As a result, the prosecutor requested that the officer be detained, which is an uncommon occurrence in police officer investigations.
The officer is scheduled to appear before investigative judges on Thursday, who will determine the charges. In response, the interior minister confirmed that the officer would be suspended from their position.
Attorneys representing the 17-year-old victim who was fatally shot during the traffic stop have announced their intention to file multiple complaints against the two officers involved.
The lawyers plan to file one complaint accusing the officer who discharged the weapon of murder, a second complaint accusing the other officer of complicity, and a third complaint alleging that both officers provided false information in their initial statements regarding the incident.
Call for Silent Protest by victim’s Mother
The mother of Nahel, the teenager who tragically lost his life in a police shooting, has called for a silent march on Thursday to honor her beloved child. The march is scheduled to take place in the same square in Nanterre, a Paris suburb, where Nahel was killed.
The incident, which was recorded on video, sent shockwaves across the country and heightened tensions between young people and the police, particularly in communities where residents face racial or socioeconomic discrimination.