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Riots in France. President Emmanuel Macron had to leave the EU summit

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French President Emmanuel Macron left the EU summit in Brussels before its end on Friday and returned to France to chair a crisis meeting over the riots caused by the death of a 17-year-old boy shot dead by a police officer, the Elysée Palace announced.

President Macron also canceled his final press conference in Brussels. He returned to Paris for an interdepartmental crisis unit meeting after three consecutive nights of riots in the French suburbs.

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French Prime Minister: The government will explore all options for restoring order

The government will explore “all options” for restoring order, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said, calling the violence “intolerable and inexcusable.”

“The priority is to ensure national unity and the way to do that is to restore order,” she later told reporters during a visit to a Paris suburb.

Protests have been banned in Marseille

In southern Marseille, France’s second largest city, authorities banned public demonstrations on Friday and said all public transport would be stopped at 7 p.m.

Right-wing politicians are demanding the introduction of the president state of emergency.

Meanwhile, “concern” about the events in France was expressed by the German government. Berlin is watching “with some concern what is happening in France,” German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Friday about the riots sparked by the death of a 17-year-old shot dead by a police officer on Tuesday.

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