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Additional detentions in France expected prior to memorial service for Nahel, adolescent fatally shot in Nanterre



PARIS — Tensions remained high in France on Saturday after hundreds of people were detained in another violent night of unrest unleashed by the fatal police shooting of a teenager earlier this week.

A funeral for the 17-year old victim believed to be of North African descent, identified only as Nahel M., was expected to be held in his hometown of Nanterre on Saturday, as pressure mounted on President Emmanuel Macron to address protesters’ sense of injustice over a long history of racially motivated police violence in France.

The 17-year-old was shot by a police officer after being pulled over in a traffic stop Tuesday in Nanterre, a Parisian suburb. Nationwide protests erupted after videos of the incident went viral, spreading from Paris to several cities outside the capital, including Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse.

Almost 1,000 people were detained or arrested on Friday night and 79 police officers were injured, according to preliminary statistics released by France’s Interior Ministry.

The ministry said that Friday night’s tensions were of “lower intensity compared with the previous night.” Some 45,000 police officers were mobilized across the country overnight, and much of the country’s transportation network ground to a halt Friday evening after local officials were ordered to suspend bus and tram services overnight.

While some French regions saw less violence than during previous nights, there were few signs of tensions dissipating in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille — France’s most populous cities — where rioters looted shops and set cars on fire.

The tensions have also spread overseas. On the island of Réunion, a French department in the Indian Ocean, authorities said dozens of


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