Why France burns, Macron’s latest challenge to violence in the streets

Isabella Martinez

Ana Lorenzo Froufe

Francia looks at herself in dismay in a mirror that returns images of anger and violence in the streets. It is the last fire which the president, Emmanuel Macron, is facing. The death of Nahel, a 17-year-old teenager of Algerian origin, by police shooting in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, has sparked protests across the country. And also a wave of acts of vandalism carried out by young people: looting, attacks on shops and public buildings, fires of vehicles… The altercations have left hundreds injured and detained. 40,000 police officers have been mobilized and the conservative opposition is calling for the declaration of a state of emergency to restore order.

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