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Riots continue in France after the death of a teenager who died during a police intervention. 486 people were detained on the last night of riots and clashes with the police, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday morning. Thanks to the decisive action of the security forces, this night was calmer, said the head of this ministry, Gerald Darmanin.

Second night in a row across France 45,000 policemen and gendarmes were mobilized, 7,000 of them in Paris alone. Additional troops were sent to, among others, Lyon, Grenoble and Marseille, where the most serious clashes took place on the night from Friday to Saturday.

There were clashes with the police in Marseille on Saturday evening, after midnight the situation in this and other French cities began to calm down, the AFP agency reports.

Police in the streets of ParisPAP/EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

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Thanks to the decisive action of the security forces, this night was calmer,’ tweeted Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, reporting 427 arrests made on Saturday evening. His ministry later reported that 486 people had been detained.

Funeral of a shot teenager

On Saturday, the funeral of 17-year-old Nahel, who was shot by the police on Tuesday, took place in Nanterre near Paris. The death of a teenager during a roadside check sparked protests across the country, which turned into riots and fights with the police. From Tuesday night to Wednesday, cars and buildings were looted and set on fire across France. Saturday’s ceremony, which was attended by several thousand people, was peaceful.

Because of the riots, the president Emmanuel Macron postponed the start of his state visit to Germany from Sunday to Tuesday. Demonstration bans or curfews have been imposed in many French cities.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

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