France has deployed 45,000 police officers in response to potential night rioting. This comes after approximately 40,000 officers were mobilized the day before. In addition, over 400 people were arrested in France following protests sparked by the death of 17-year-old Nahel M, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Nanterre, near Paris.
France’s elite police unit, RAID, has been deployed to Bordeaux, Lyon, Roubaix, Marseille, and Lille to assist in managing the protests. In Nanterre, where the 17-year-old named Nahel was recently killed, confrontations broke out between protesters and the police.
The phrase “vengeance pour Nael,” meaning “revenge for Nael,” was spray-painted on a wall in Nanterre, referring to the slain teenager and using an alternative spelling of his name.
Following a march held in memory of the teenager in Nanterre, a bank was set on fire, and 15 individuals were taken in for questioning by the police. In Marseille, protesters threw fireworks at police officers, leading to their detainment. Similarly, in Lille, six people were questioned after participating in a protest that was prohibited by the authorities, as reported by CNN.
The unrest in France began on Tuesday after a police traffic stop in Nanterre resulted in the tragic killing of Nahel. Throughout the night, 40 cars were set on fire, and 24 police officers were injured, according to French authorities. The police officer involved in the incident has been formally investigated for voluntary homicide and is currently in custody.