Riots broke out in a Paris suburb after a police officer was accused of “executing” a teenager for violating traffic laws.
Nine people have been arrested as fires continue to burn in the usually quiet Paris suburb of Nanterre after 17-year-old delivery man Nael was killed this morning.
Reports state that the policeman yelled “I’m going to put a bullet in your head”.
The officer then allegedly fired at point-blank range as Nael tried to drive away, before crashing into a barricade.
Two other passengers were reportedly in the car with Nael: one fled, while the other was arrested.
The emergency services tried to revive the young driver, but it was too late.
Nael was confirmed dead around 9am this morning, after being shot around 8:30am.
The officer involved has been arrested on suspicion of murder, but youths have filled the streets to protest the alleged brutal murder.
A video on Twitter shows the town hall in Val Fourré, 30 miles from Nanterre, reportedly going up in flames early today as police and protesters continue to clash.
In Nanterre and neighboring areas, officers in riot gear were seen as protesters threw firecrackers at police.
Police have claimed that Nael was driving his rented yellow vehicle “erratically” and did not stop.
Cluster grenades and tear gas have been fired at protesters outside the local police headquarters.
Fireworks mortar shots have been seen in the area where the protests are taking place as the demonstrations continue.
One video appeared to show a police vehicle running away from fireworks raining down on the region.
Seven people have been arrested while protesting, while the mayor of Nanterre has expressed “shock” over the video and images online.
Nael’s family lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou, said the footage shown showed a “policeman killing a young man in cold blood”.
The IGPN national police force is opening an investigation into today’s events, as the riots spread beyond Nanterre.
The latest protests in France come after months of unrest following President Macron’s unwanted pension reform.
Violence erupted on the streets of Paris after the country’s highest constitutional court approved the president’s controversial plan to raise the country’s retirement age from 62 to 64.
Protesters clashed with police in several cities across France after the verdict was announced.
Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the Paris City Hall and booed the court decision.
An angry mob made its way to the Place de la Bastille, lit a fire and confronted the police.
“It’s an illegal march, and some of those involved have violent intent,” a police officer at the scene said.
“Dumpsters and rental bikes are burning, and the flames are spreading, while missiles are being fired at officers.”
A huge security operation was implemented to protect the Council, which is housed in the Royal Palace in central Paris.
Dramatic video shows the Place Sainte-Anne police station engulfed in flames in Rennes.
Protests broke out in other cities, including Marseille and Toulouse.