France has deployed 40,000 police officers and gendarmes to the country’s streets tonight, as the crisis over a teenager’s death in a Paris police shooting grows.
Riots first broke out on Tuesday after a 17-year-old boy named only as Nahel M was shot dead during a traffic stop in the suburb of Nanterre.
Demonstrations grew more violent last night, with 180 people arrested and 170 police officers injured.
President Emmanuel Macron said the attacks on officers and burning of buildings and vehicles were ‘unjustifiable’.
Nahel’s devastated mother, who asked not to be named, said: ‘I lost a 17-year-old, I was alone with him, and they took my baby away from me.
‘He was still a child, he needed his mother.’
A marche blanche – a peaceful protest procession in memory of someone who has died – has been organised for later today.
The police officer who killed the boy has been detained on homicide charges as an investigation is carried out.
Follow Metro.co.uk’s live rolling coverage of the event as it happens.