Banlieues boiling point: Riots spread across France after police shoot teen

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Fights were sparked after two nights of unrest on Tuesday when Nahel, a 17-year-old driver, was shot dead by police in Nanterre, west of Paris. A police officer faces potential murder charges. The fact that he was detained is a rarity in France. Tensions over policing and unresolved problems in French suburbs and working-class suburbs are coming to the fore.

Barricades and tear gas continue to flood the French news cycle, but the “Justice for Nagel” march in Nanterre early Thursday highlighted a very different perspective from the Yellow Vests movement or the recent pension reform protests. question. We asked about the police, minorities who felt treated unfairly, and rioters who targeted symbols of the French Republic such as the town hall.

Produced by Juliette Laurent, Rebecca Gninati and Imen Meraz.

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