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French police arrested at least 719 people during the fifth night of protests over the killing of a teenager by an officer, the Interior Ministry reported Sunday.


French president postpones visit to Germany due to protests

A day after Nahel was laid to rest in his hometown, the Interior Ministry said Sunday that police had made 719 arrests overnight, still a provisional tally, after around 1,300 the night before.

Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said on Saturday that 30 percent of those arrested were minors, while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the average age of those arrested was just 17. .

To counteract the riots, which have been shaking France since last Tuesday, this time more than 45,000 police and gendarmes were mobilized.

In this regard, the French Interior Minister, through his Twitter account at 0300 hours (0100 GMT) commented: "Calmer night thanks to the resolute action of the forces of order, who have made 427 arrests since the beginning of the evening".

Five hours later, the diagnosis of fewer incidents was confirmed by his portfolio by updating the total arrests for the night to 719, while the previous day at the same time Interior had reported 994 (subsequently raised to 1,311). .

Protests across the country over the murder of Nahel M., a 17-year-old teenager of Algerian descent, continue to rock France.

Demonstrations in France set fire to 871 public areas and 577 vehicles, and damaged 74 buildings on the fifth night of protests, the ministry said.

Nahel was shot at point-blank range by an officer on Tuesday in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. The officer faces a formal investigation for voluntary manslaughter and has been placed in preliminary detention.

The Government has appealed to insurance companies to provide all possible help to businesses affected by these riots, while trying, in vain, to stop the violence.

President Emmanuel Macron has canceled his state visit to Germany, as the opposition begins to split and criticism grows against the left-wing party "France Unsubmissive" for not outright condemning the riots.

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