Paris, FRANCE – French officials said 660 rioters were arrested on Saturday night, the fourth night in a row of violent protests after the officer-involved shooting of a Muslim teenager.
The violence began as protests of the officer-involved shooting of immigrant 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk, 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.
Four nights in a row, rioters have set fire to public buildings, cars parked on the streets, and police stations.
Burning down a non-MøzIım nation, its buildings, its cars, its police stations, its libraries, its shops, homes, apartments…. is the true freedom of expression.#FranceRiots #FranceHasFallen pic.twitter.com/fTX6iIxkDC
— विष्णुगुप्त उवाच (@vishnuguptuvach) July 1, 2023
There were also reports of rioters firing a rocket-propelled grenade into a police station and concerns that France’s crisis has become a civil war.
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More of the France “unrest” as mainstream media reports it.
The race war has engulfed the country as buildings burn and collapse.
Zoo animals have been let out and are running through the streets.
The Russian armed Rebellion was 1% what the France riots are. pic.twitter.com/QEWoxhtjob
— 🏴☠️Captain MAGA🏴☠️ (@RealCaptainMaga) July 1, 2023
Another video showed someone literally having to jump over a chainsaw being dragged by a motorcycle.
France riot is going crazy. A guy makes a little jump to avoid getting hit by a chainsaw dragged by a motorcycle. pic.twitter.com/jnSuowzRIi
— Fights & Wild content (@NoCapFights) July 1, 2023
On Saturday, videos showed zoo animals running through the streets of Paris and other French cities after rioters released them from the cages in zoos.
Zebras, elephants, and lions were seen running loose on city streets.
France🚨 A Zoo in France has been forced open by rioters. Lions, Zebras and other animals were seen on the streets. pic.twitter.com/UBxV5FezNh
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French officials said 1,300 people have been arrested so far in connection with the violent riots, CNN reported.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin had deployed an addition 2,000 officers to quell the violence on Wednesday but it didn’t help.
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.
#FranceRiots: Cars in a parking lot in Angers, France have been set on fire in attacks carried out by rioters. France is now on its fourth day of race riots by youths of immigrant background, anarchists, #antifa & the far-left. pic.twitter.com/4eGtDAETJV
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) June 30, 2023
French President Emmanuel Macron held an emergency meeting with ministers on June 30, CNN reported.
French President, Macron blames parents, video games, and social networks for riots in France. pic.twitter.com/ZxZ74wUiVi
— I Meme Therefore I Am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) July 1, 2023
Macron blamed the riots on social media, video games, and bad parenting in an address to the nation.