Riots in western France following police shooting

The French government called for calm yesterday after the killing of a 22-year-old man by police sparked riots in the western city of Nantes, highlighting tensions between youths and security forces in deprived urban areas. Rioters set fire to cars a
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The French government called for calm yesterday after the killing of a 22-year-old man by police sparked riots in the western city of Nantes, highlighting tensions between youths and security forces in deprived urban areas. Rioters set fire to cars and a medical centre in the city on Tuesday night after news spread that an officer had shot dead the 22-year-old, named by local newspaper Ouest France as Bubakar, after stopping his car over an infraction. Youths clashed with police in the northwestern neighbourhood of Breil where the killing took place, lobbing Molotov cocktails, before the unrest spread to two other poorer districts with a history of gang violence.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Riots in western France following police shooting'. Print Edition | Subscribe