Wednesday saw a second night of violent protests across France as security forces struggled to prevent further demonstrations in response to the fatal shooting of a teenager by police.
Following the incident Tuesday morning during which a 17-year-old was shot at point-blank range in the chest during a traffic stop, some 2,000 riot police were deployed in Paris suburbs as violent protests broke out across the city.
France's interior minister announced that an additional 40,000 police officers were deployed Thursday night in an attempt to quash further outbreaks of violence after the teen's mother called for a march on Thursday as a tribute to her only child.
According to Breitbart London, 31 people were arrested and 24 police officers were injured in clashes that engulfed Paris suburbs from Tuesday night into Friday morning.
Overnight Wednesday, fireworks aimed at police were shot off and cars were set on fire in the western suburb of Nanterre, where the shooting occurred. Meanwhile, protests and further arson attacks broke out in the eastern city of Dijon and in communes of the Hauts-de-Seine region west of the capital.
In Essonne to the south of Paris, a group of rioters forced all the passengers off a bus before setting it on fire.
In Toulouse, several cars were set ablaze while responding firefighters and police were hit with projectiles.
While visiting Marseille, French President Emmanuel Macron issued a rare criticism of the security forces saying, "A teenager was killed. That is inexplicable and unforgivable."
After midnight Friday morning, police reported that some 150 people had been arrested across the country stemming from the protests and riots related to the shooting.
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