Masses of French revolt after police kill 17-year-old

by ian


A tense situation has developed in France following the police killing of a 17-year-old male.

A prosecutor said that the legal conditions for the officer to use his weapon were not met and that the officer has been charged with voluntary homicide.

But the footage still sparked a revolt across multiple regions of France. Dozens of police officers were injured and nearly 100 public buildings damaged during the first wave of violence. This included a Molotov cocktail thrown at a police station and a torched train.

Nearly 300 people have been arrested already, but the riots are continuing. Now, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin is quadrupling the number of police on the street. There were already 9,000 officers monitoring the ongoing protests of French President Emmanuel Macron’s social policies. Now, there are 40,000.

While France hasn’t declared a state of emergency, the minister says it’s time for the professionals of disorder to go home.