French communes impose curfews following protests over police killing of teenager

French communes impose curfews following protests over police killing of teenager

Clamart, Neuilly-sur-Marne, Savigny-le-Temple and Compiegne take measure amid tensions between police and protesters

By Esra Taskin

PARIS (AA) - Local authorities in France imposed a nighttime curfew on Thursday in four regions following the shooting death of a 17-year-old delivery driver by police in a Paris suburb.

Clamart commune, located 8.7 kilometers (5.4 miles) from the center of Paris, imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Monday, while local authorities announced curfews in Neuilly-sur-Marne, Savigny-le-Temple and Compiegne.

In Neuilly-sur-Marne, the curfew will be in effect from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Monday, while in Savigny-le-Temple, it will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Sunday, according to local reports.

In Compiegne, a curfew will be imposed on those under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by a parent between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Monday.

Valerie Pecresse, president of the Ile-de-France region, also announced that bus and tram services in and around Paris will be suspended after 9 p.m. on Thursday to protect employees and passengers.

The delivery driver, identified as Nahel M., was shot dead in the Paris suburb of Nanterre by police after he failed to stop during a traffic check.

His death sparked protests in Nanterre, leading to overnight clashes between demonstrators and police.

French prosecutors said Thursday that the police officer who killed the teenager has been charged with voluntary homicide and placed in pre-trial detention.

Earlier, tensions rose during a solemn march led by Nahel's mother in Nanterre. Paris police reported that more than 6,000 people joined the protest gathering.

An Anadolu reporter on the ground said police used tear gas to disperse the protesters. However, no injuries have been reported among the participants.

According to Radio France, Paris police arrested seven protesters.

"I don't feel protected. When I go outside and see the police, I think maybe they are going to shoot me. It's unbearable," Sophia, a 17-year-old girl who joined the march, told France Info radio.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told reporters on Thursday that 40,000 police officers, including 5,000 in Paris, would be deployed across France this evening for possible demonstrations.

Earlier in the day, Darmanin said on Twitter that the number of arrests rose to 150 following Nahel’s killing.

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