The unrest that broke out in France last week after a teenager of North African descent was killed by a police officer has now entered its fifth day and has continued to spread across the country. French officials have deployed an alarming 45,000 officers and "gendarmes," the French equivalent of the national guard, which has led to the arrest of more than 700 people nationwide by Sunday night as they work to quash massive civil unrest that is quickly cascading into a dangerous situation.
The Interior Ministry noted that despite 45 police officers and gendarmes being injured in the clashes, "their resolute action, coordinated by the prefects, ensured a calmer night."
Despite the 719 arrests on Sunday evening, authorities claim the riots are dying down as an alarming 1,300 people were arrested Friday night.
Meanwhile, Vincent Jeanbrun, who is the mayor of Paris suburb L’Haÿ-les-Roses described a burning car crashing into his house and injuring his wife and one of their children as an "assassination attempt."
"At 1:30 a.m., while I was at the town hall as I had been for the past 3 nights, individuals rammed a car into my home before setting it on fire to burn down my house, where my wife and two young children were sleeping," the mayor Tweeted Sunday.
"My wife and one of my children were injured when they tried to protect themselves and escape the assailants. It was an unspeakable, cowardly assassination attempt," Jeanbrun added.
In cities across France, rioters gathered in the streets to set buildings and cars ablaze while others looted storefronts amid the chaos.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, police avoided the funeral of the 17-year-old whose death sparked the riots and protests. Hundreds of people lined the streets as his white casket made its way from a local mosque to a hilltop burial site in a Paris suburb.
While the protests appear to have erupted overnight after the teen was shot by police Tuesday during a traffic stop, France has been at a boiling point for years amid an uncontrolled influx of migrants.
French President Emmanuel Macron has blamed social media and video games for the violence and burgeoning crisis, while everyone from former U.S. President Donald Trump to 25 retired French generals has warned for years that such civil unrest was bubbling just under the surface.
Years ago Trump warned, "I wouldn't go to France. Because France is no longer France...This world better be very careful and they better get very tough and very smart."
Furthermore, in a 2021 open letter to Macron, 25 retired generals warned the president that France was headed for "civil war" due to the flood of migrants. Not only did Macron not heed the generals' warning, but he also threatened to punish active-duty soldiers who signed the letter. As if a letter signed by more than 20 top military officials wasn't enough of a warning, French streets and cities have turned into war zones and 45,000 police and gendarmes have been deployed to deal with the madness. It's time for Macron to wake up.
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