Fewer arrests in France as riots over fatal shooting of teen de-escalate

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Clashes between French police and rioters de-escalated again overnight, the government said Wednesday, eight days after the killing of a teenager by police sparked the worst urban violence in years.

The police remained highly mobilized with 45,000 officers patrolling the streets, the interior ministry said.

Police counted 16 arrests in the night to Wednesday nationwide, it said, of which seven were in or around Paris.

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At the weekend peak of rioting, 1,300 arrests were made in a single night.

Eight buildings were damaged Tuesday to Wednesday, 202 bins or other street infrastructure set on fire, and 159 vehicles torched, the ministry said.

Four police stations came under attack, but nobody was injured.

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested on Tuesday that the peak of rioting had passed, although he remained “cautious.”

The government has battled riots and looting since an officer killed 17-year-old Nahel M. during a traffic stop on June 27 in a Paris suburb, rekindling long-standing accusations of systemic racism among security forces.

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