Why exist riots in Paris? France’s discontent described|World News

    A protester clashes with police during a commemoration march for a teenage driver shot dead by a policeman, in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, on June 29, 2023. Violent protests broke out in France in the early hours of June 29, 2023, as anger grows over the police killing of a teenager, with security forces arresting 150 people in the chaos that saw balaclava-clad protesters burning cars and setting off fireworks. Nahel M., 17, was shot in the chest at point-blank range in Nanterre in the morning of June 27, 2023, in an incident that has reignited debate in France about police tactics long criticised by rights groups over the treatment of people in low-income suburbs, particularly ethnic minorities. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

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    Riots have actually continued to rock Paris, with the discontent infecting other parts of France (Picture: AFP/Getty)

    France has been rocked by riots following the fatal police shooting of a teenager near Paris – with a fourth night of protests ending in over 1300 arrests.

    The riots have seen buildings and cars set alight, bus stops destroyed, shops looted and police officers attacked with fireworks.

    For the latest news on the Paris riots and shooting, follow Metro.co.uk’s live blog here

    Demonstrations broke out on Tuesday, June 27, after a 17-year-old boy named only as Nahel M was shot dead during a traffic stop in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.

    His devastated mother Mounia has said: ‘I lost a 17-year-old, I was alone with him and they took my baby away from me. He was still a child, he needed his mother.’

    The police officer who killed the boy was detained and has now been charged with voluntary homicide.

    As French president Emmanuel Macron and other authorities attempt to calm the situation, where exactly are the riots occurring – and how safe is it in Paris right now?

    Where are the riots in Paris and further afield in France?

    The riots began on Tuesday night in Nanterre, a town in the western suburb of Paris – located some 6.8 miles away from the centre.

    Demonstrations continued on the night of Wednesday, June 28, with a town hall in nearby L’ile Saint Denis – another suburb around 5.8 miles from the centre of Paris, which will serve as the Olympic village at the 2024 games – being damaged by fire.

    Since then, rioting and unrest has spread to other parts of France.

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    The riots have spread across a wider part of France (Picture: Metro Graphics)

    Incidents have been reported in the centre of Paris itself, with the Rue de Rivoli (one of the main shopping streets close to the Champs Elysees and the Louvre) being ransacked – and a Nike store at Westfield Forum des Halles in the centre of town being targeted by looters.

    There has been widespread looting in cities as far as Marseille and Nantes, and violence has broken out in Lille in the north.

    A supermarket was set on fire in Roubaix, a city in the Lille metropolitan area near the Belgian border.

    Buildings have been set ablaze and shops looted during the protests (Picture: Getty Images)

    Local media has also reported that the unrest has spread to Brussels, which is the capital of neighbouring Belgium – with 100 arrests on Friday night.

    Smaller groups in Brussels appear to have joined French protesters in demonstrating against the police shooting of 17-year-old Nahel M.

    Is it safe to go to Paris?

    Amid the unrest, many will be wondering if it is currently safe to travel to or visit Paris.

    The current Foreign Office travel advice says: Since 27 June, riots have taken place across France. Many have turned violent. Shops, public buildings and parked cars have been targeted.

    ‘There may be disruptions to road travel and local transport provision may be reduced.

    ‘Some local authorities may impose curfews. Locations and timing of riots are unpredictable. You should monitor the media, avoid areas where riots are taking place, check the latest advice with operators when travelling and follow the advice of the authorities.’

    Nike store vandalised by rioters

    A Nike store in central Paris was among the buildings targeted on Thursday night (Picture: Reuters)

    It does not, however, advise against all but essential travel to France at this time.

    Initially, most of the city – including the centre – was unaffected by the riots.

    But with the unrest having spread to other parts of the city and other parts of France overnight, the situation is looking less clear.

    If you do have a trip to Paris or another part of France planned in the very near future, it would be wise to check the up-to-date Foreign Office advice before travelling.

    The current situation is fast moving and measures to stop the unrest – such as a state of emergency, curfews, stopping public transport services earlier than usual or the banning of public events – could be implemented at any time.

    Should you still decide to travel, you should make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance in place before you go.

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