France bans sale of fireworks for upcoming Bastille Day celebrations after riots

France has banned the sale, possession and transport of fireworks over the July 14 Bastille weekend following riots sparked by the killing of a teenager by police, the government said on Sunday.


Fireworks became one of the weapons of choice during the riots in France sparked by the shooting death of a 17-year-old by a police officer at a traffic stop in Paris on June 27, reigniting a long-standing repression by the French security services. grievances and the power of allegations of systemic racism.

“In order to prevent the risk of serious disturbance of public order during the July 14 festival, the sale, possession, transport and use of pyrotechnic articles and fireworks are prohibited until July 15,” said a government decree published in the Official Gazette on Sunday.

It added that the ban does not apply to professionals or municipalities who organize traditional fireworks for Bastille Day celebrations.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne told the Daily Mail there were fears the riots could be revived parisian On Saturday, the government will deploy “massive measures to protect the French” during Bastille Day.

The police killing of Algerian Nahel M. sparked the worst urban violence in France since 2005.

More than 3,700 people, including at least 1,160 minors, have been detained by police over protests since Nahr’s death, according to official figures.


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