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400 Arrested Across France in Third Night of Protests over Police Killing of 17-Year-Old

HeadlineJun 30, 2023

In France, over 400 people were arrested Thursday as thousands of protesters took to the streets nationwide for a third consecutive day, angered by the police killing of 17-year-old Nahel M. French riot police were deployed in multiple cities, with violent clashes reported in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, Nahel’s hometown and where he was fatally shot Tuesday after being pulled over for allegedly breaking traffic rules. Nahel was an only child of Algerian and Moroccan descent who was raised by a single mother. He worked as a delivery driver and was described by his grandmother as a “good, kind boy.” This is Karima Khatim, a local official from the Parisian suburb of Le Blanc-Mesnil.

Karima Khatim: “Young Nahel, his honor was saved, thanks to the camera. If the cameras hadn’t been there to record, one could have manipulated his profile: 'Oh, he's already had trouble with the police in the past. Oh, his background is a bit sketchy.’ No! This is a 17-year-old young man who was killed by police. That should be recognized.”

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