Macron scraps trip amid rioting across France, as loved ones bury teen slain by police

by Sophia Chen
France Riots

As violent protests continue to spread across France, President Emmanuel Macron cancelled a scheduled official visit to Germany on Saturday. The unrest was triggered by the police killing of a 17-year-old, leading to a fourth consecutive night of riots and looting, despite a significant police presence. Hundreds of people attended the teenager’s funeral.

France’s Interior Ministry disclosed that the recent night of violence resulted in 1,311 arrests nationwide, despite the deployment of 45,000 police officers in an effort to restore order. Since the teenager’s death on Tuesday, the total number of arrests stands at approximately 2,400.

Protesters and rioters flooded the streets of various towns and cities, setting fires and ransacking stores, ignoring Macron’s plea for parents to keep their children at home.

The escalating violence has impacted Macron’s diplomatic standing. After a phone conversation with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Macron postponed what was to be the first state visit by a French president to Germany in 23 years. His office stated that due to the internal security situation, he wished to remain in France in the coming days.

This cancelled visit, significant in the context of French-German relations, reflects the severity of the situation in France. Earlier this year, similar protests led to the cancellation of King Charles III’s inaugural foreign trip to France.

The teen, known only as Nahel, was shot by police during a traffic stop in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. His farewell rituals started on Saturday with a viewing of the open coffin, and concluded with his burial at a hilltop cemetery.

The officer involved in Nahel’s killing has been preliminarily charged with voluntary homicide. The Nanterre prosecutor, Pascal Prache, said that the initial investigation suggests the officer’s use of his weapon wasn’t legally justified.

Nahel’s death sparked violence in major French cities, including Paris, Marseille and Lyon, as well as in overseas territories, where a 54-year-old was killed by a stray bullet in French Guiana. Hundreds of police and firefighters have been injured.

Residents of neighborhoods riddled with poverty, discrimination, and unemployment, see the killing as indicative of a broader issue. They believe the response to Nahel’s death highlights the ongoing struggles in parts of France where many residents have roots in former French colonies.

France’s national soccer team appealed for peace amidst the escalating violence. “Many of us are from working-class neighborhoods, we too share this feeling of pain and sadness” over Nahel’s killing, they said in a statement.

Despite the turmoil, Macron has yet to declare a state of emergency, although the government has increased law enforcement response. The ongoing rioting adds to Macron’s political pressure. He has, so far, blamed social media for fueling the violence.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has mandated a nationwide nighttime shutdown of all public buses and trams. He has also called on social networks to prevent their platforms from being used to incite violence.

With the Summer Olympics due to be held in Paris and other French cities in just over a year, the ongoing unrest has sparked concern among the event’s organizers. The police shooting of Nahel and similar incidents have led to increasing demands for more accountability in France, which witnessed racial justice protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about France Riots

Why did President Emmanuel Macron cancel his trip to Germany?

Macron cancelled his trip due to the ongoing civil unrest in France triggered by the police killing of a 17-year-old boy, with a fourth consecutive night of riots and looting sweeping across the country. The President decided to stay in France to manage the crisis.

What sparked the current wave of riots across France?

The current wave of riots was sparked by the police killing of a 17-year-old, identified only as Nahel, during a traffic stop in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris. This incident triggered widespread protest and unrest across the country.

How has the French government responded to the riots?

The French government has responded by deploying 45,000 police officers across the country to restore order, but this hasn’t stopped the unrest. The government has also instituted a nationwide nighttime shutdown of public buses and trams.

Has there been any charges filed over the killing of the teenager, Nahel?

Yes, the police officer involved in the killing of Nahel was given a preliminary charge of voluntary homicide, meaning that there is strong suspicion of wrongdoing and more investigation is needed before the case can be sent to trial.

How is this unrest impacting upcoming international events in France?

The ongoing unrest is of significant concern for organizers of the Summer Olympic Games, due to be held in Paris and other French cities in just over a year. The severity of the situation is being closely monitored as preparations for the competition continue.

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SoccerFan001 July 1, 2023 - 8:32 pm

Even our soccer team is pleading for peace. The world’s eyes are on us, we need to get it together. for Nahel, and for all of us.

LaTourEiffel99 July 1, 2023 - 11:03 pm

As a French, i’m truly upset by all this, Macron needs to do something. Can’t just blame social media n expect things to cool down.

DaveyJones98 July 2, 2023 - 3:59 am

Can’t believe what’s going down in France. thought things were more peaceful over there, seriously scary stuff!

PhilosophyFrog July 2, 2023 - 6:05 am

It’s about time for real change! How many more have to die for things to get better??

AmeliaInTheSky July 2, 2023 - 11:36 am

its so sad… that poor kid didn’t deserve this, why are the police so brutal. no justice no peace!

TravelingTom July 2, 2023 - 2:25 pm

Had plans to visit France for the summer Olympics, but this is making me think twice… hope they sort it out soon.


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