Third night of violence in France after Foreign Office issues warning

France protests following fatal police shooting on 27 June
By Harry Kemble
30/06/2023
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The Foreign Office has warned of disruptions to road travel and targeting of parked vehicles in France amid ongoing violent protests across the country after a police officer fatally shot a teenager.

At least 667 people have been arrested following a third successive night of violence sparked by the shooting of 17-year-old Nahel M on Tuesday (27 June).

The incident triggered initial protests in Nanterre – the area where the teenager was killed, which is around a 30-minute drive west of the Eiffel Tower.

In Paris, shops have been ransacked and cars set on fire despite a heavy police presence.

Cars and buildings in Lille have been destroyed after clashes with protesters and police overnight.

Around 40,000 officers were deployed across France on Thursday night, Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin confirmed.

The FCDO said: “Since 27 June, protests have taken place in Paris and other locations across France. Some have turned violent.

“The protests may lead to disruptions to road travel or targeting of parked cars in areas where protests take place.

“You should monitor the media, avoid protests, check the latest advice with operators when travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.”

The officer accused of the fatal shooting is now under formal investigation for voluntary homicide, the BBC reports.

The incident is the second fatal shooting by police this year.

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