France riots: Police arrest over 1,500 protesters, most of them minors

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Following the funeral of a French teenager of Algerian descent who was fatally shot by police in the Paris suburb earlier this week, riots have spread all over France.

French police have arrested more than 1,300 people last night and another 121 people arrested Saturday, reports said.

According to CNN, the teenager has been buried in the Mont Valérien cemetery in Nanterre.

The killing of the teenager, Nahel Merzouk, 17, has sparked widespread destructive unrest. Protesters attributed his death to racism.

The rioting broke out in several cities on Saturday night, and many events were banned, hundreds of cars and buses were burned.

French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin said France activated 45,000 police and gendarmes across the country Saturday night.

“I think everyone understands that the government won’t back down,” CNN quoted Darmanin as saying.

Most of the protesters who were detained since the unrest began on Tuesday are minors, aged 17, Darmanin said.


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