Another weekend in the Parisian suburbs ends in rioting and multiple torched cars after an 18-year-old boy died in a motorcycle accident. Several streets were blocked by police and gangs set up fires to deter their passage.
Police ensured everyone they are in no way linked to the accident of the youngster which set off the new round of rioting. It is the second time in a month that the Parisian suburbs are rioting against Macron’s police forces.
After another motorcycle accident a few weeks ago in the north of Paris set off several days of rioting when police opened a car door to trip a man on a motorcycle trying to get away from them, it was clear that the slightest spark would set off new rioting this time round. After two months of lockdown, youngsters who are looking at mass unemployment and a dire economical situation in the French capital, are eager to duke it out with police apparently.
An investigation was opened to determine the circumstances of the death of an 18-year-old boy in a motorcycle accident that occurred on the night of Saturday to Sunday in Argenteuil, in the Val-d’Oise, near a police car, according to the Pontoise prosecution.
The facts took place Sunday around 2 a.m., when the young man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into an electric pole in a street in a suburban neighborhood of Argenteuil. He died of his injuries on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris.
An investigation into a fatal traffic accident was opened and entrusted to the Val-d’Oise departmental public security department. An autopsy was also requested.
At the time of the accident, a team from the Ermont anti-crime brigade (BAC) was traveling in this same suburban neighborhood and “crossed” the young man on his motorcycle, said a police source. “The police had neither a flashing light and were not planning to stop him it, but perhaps the young man identified them and panicked,” said the source.
France’s banlieues have been the focal point of many nights of rioting in the past few months. The quartiers, full of high-rise apartments filled with low-income youths which encircle the French capital are frequent flashpoints of anger over social and economic inequality. Allegations of heavy-handed policing are very common and have led to rioting in the past already.
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