There have been nightly riots in the banlieues of the French city of Nantes for the last few days after a “youth” was shot to death by police. The puir wee bairn had rammed a cop with his car, trying to run him over, so the police shot him. Oh, the humanity!
Now the mischievous youngsters are engaged in the traditional culture-enriching pastimes of throwing Molotov cocktails at police while torching buildings and cars.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this video report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are excerpts from a Breitbart article about the situation in Nantes:
France Police Shooting Riots Enter Second Night
Cars were burned and locals clashed with police in the French city of Nantes on Tuesday and Wednesday nights after police fatally shot a 22-year-old who tried to avoid a police checkpoint.
The initial incident occurred at around 8:30 in the evening in the Breil area when officers at a routine police checkpoint stopped a vehicle over the driver not wearing a seatbelt but could not determine the man’s identity.
When the officers received orders to bring the 22-year-old driver in for questioning he sped off, hitting an officer, and was shot during his escape, RFI reports.
Police sources noted that the 22-year-old, identified by Le Parisien as Aboubakar Fofana, was declared dead on arrival to the hospital as the bullet had punctured his carotid artery.
Thirty cars were burned during the course of Tuesday night and several buildings were either set on fire or rioters attempted to set them ablaze. The riots continued overnight Wednesday into Thursday, and eleven people have been detained.
“I saw everything burning. There were fires in the bins, the cars. They were breaking everything. It lasted ages,” a witness said. Rioting and car burnings also occurred in the areas of Dervallieres and Malakoff.
It has also been revealed that Fofana, nicknamed “the wolf” locally, was wanted and had a warrant out for his arrest for theft as a member of an organised gang, concealment, and criminal association.
|01:02||After death of a delinquent|
|01:06||during a traffic stop, the town of Nantes experiences violent riots,|
|01:10||urban guerilla warfare that resembles the Villiers-le-Bel riots , and which could spread|
|01:15||to all the French project-suburbs, which need just one spark to cause them to burst in flames.|
|01:44||Good evening ladies and gentlemen.|
|01:48||Nantes in blood and in flames! Tuesday evening during a traffic stop a 22-years-old delinquent|
|01:52||was shot dead. The man allegedly tried to run over a police officer with|
|01:56||his car during a traffic stop. Shortly after the incident, violent riots began.|
|02:00||A flame of violence was ignited in Nantes on Tuesday night during|
|02:04||a traffic stop. A 22-year-old was shot dead|
|02:09||by one of the officers while trying to escape. The man named|
|02:13||Abu-Bakr F. allegedly tried to crush a police officer by running him over|
|02:17||in reverse gear. One officer was slightly wounded in the knee.|
|02:21||In contrast, the driver, who was shot in the carotid artery, died upon arrival at the hospital.|
|02:25||The judiciary police and the national police have initiated an investigation to shed light on|
|02:29||the events. The [news about the] unfortunate result of the police control|
|02:33||quickly spread in the so called “sensitive neighborhoods” of Nantes, and|
|02:37||riots erupted. Law enforcement was met with Molotov cocktails,|
|02:42||and a large number of vehicles were set ablaze, as well as a medical center|
|02:46||and neighboring offices. Something to provide jobs again to|
|02:50||the future Borloo Plan [more money for “youths”]. Nearly 200 police officers were sent to the site|
|02:54||in order to control the violence. The socialist mayor Johanna Rolland, worried about safety|
|02:58||in her town, Nantes, quickly chose sides, declaring that her first|
|03:03||thoughts went to the dead young man and to his family and to all the inhabitants|
|03:07||of the neighborhood. The mayor added that the police and the justice system should|
|03:11||shed the light on what happened. So not a single word about police officers,|
|03:15||who consider that they were acting in legitimate self-defense,|
|03:19||because the driver was trying to run them over. To top it all,|
|03:23||the mayor, the commander of the judiciary police in the city, exhorted old people as well as|
|03:27||the fathers and mothers of the neighborhood to get them to call for the return of peace.|
|03:31||Peace — very rare in the Breil neighborhood, where the events occurred. Last week|
|03:36||a sixteen-year-old young woman was wounded by a stray bullet during shootings in the projects|
|03:40||at the very moment when she was closing the shutters. As it happens, police officers were often|
|03:44||called to intervene in the [no-go-]zone; the arrest yesterday evening was therefore|
|03:48||very predictable, according to a large number of inhabitants of the city. The death of the driver|
|03:52||as a result of the traffic stop was therefore a pretext to initiate even more violence,|
|03:57||which is brewing every day. Last night the rioters were openly screaming their intention|
|04:01||to do away with the cop, denouncing the police stops of the youth as too frequent,|
|04:05||I quote: “In order to humiliate”. However, that very traffic stop was far from|
|04:09||unexpected. The one [Abu Bakr F.] described as “adorable and peaceful” had|
|04:13||a troubled past. At 22 years of age Abu Bakr F. already had a well-filled|
|04:17||rap sheet, to the point where he had arrest warrant issued against him for|
|04:21||organized theft and reselling [stolen goods]. He was known for various thefts,|
|04:25||death threats, and organized crime. No wonder therefore that the police wished|
|04:30||to arrest Abu Bakr F. who, moreover, had no ID on him,|
|04:34||and in the past used the false identity of Mamadou D.|
|04:38||To crown it all, his car was surveilled as part of an investigation|
|04:42||of narcotics trafficking. If the [road] control undeniably went wrong,|
|04:46||it wasn’t in the least unjustified. We will therefore see if the political establishment|
|04:50||— if the police officers’ version is confirmed —|
|04:55||will stand its ground or will give in to “community cohesion”.