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France Deploys 40,000 Cops To Fight Violent Anti-Police Riots Across The Country

Paris, FRANCE – Nationwide riots have erupted across France and 40,000 law enforcement officers were deployed across the country on Thursday to help quell the violent protests that have left police stations, schools, and cars on fire for a second night in a row.

The riots started in Paris but have spread through the suburbs and into towns and cities as far as Lille and Rennes in the north, and Toulouse in the south of France, ABC News reported.

The violence began as protests of the officer-involved shooting of a 17-year-old driver who fled from a traffic stop in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre on June 27.

The teen was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, ABC News reported.

For two nights in a row, rioters have set fire to public buildings, cars parked on the streets, and police stations.

On Tuesday night, 31 people were arrested after 25 police officers were injured and 40 cars were set ablaze, ABC News reported.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin deployed an addition 2,000 officers to quell the violence on Wednesday but it didn’t help.

On June 28, 150 people were arrested across a much wider region as the riots continued and grew as more schools and police stations were “set on fire or attacked” in what Darmanin called a “night of unbearable violence.”

Darmanin announced he was deploying an additional 40,000 law enforcement officers nationwide on June 29, ABC News reported.

The streets of Paris and its suburbs looked like a war zone on Thursday morning.

The officer who fatally shot the 17 year old is being held in custody and investigated by two magistrates for “voluntary homicide,” ABC News reported.

His identity has not yet been released to the public.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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