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Violence spreads to French capital

Riots spread into the French capital on Wednesday night where hundreds of protesters clashed with police in the Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris.

Published: February 16, 2017, 8:06 am

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    The police fired tear-gas into the crowds as rioting continued for another night, spilling over from the immigrant suburbs into the centre of Paris around the Barbes Metro station, close to Gare du Nord.

    The Socialist government has expressed its sympathy with the alleged victim of police violence, “Theo” who claims he was raped with a baton and racially abused by white officers. Wednesday night’s protest at Barbes was illegal as police refused to give permission for it.

    Rioters started fires and smashed windows, while there were reports of riot police being attacked and shops looted.

    A policeman at the scene told the Daily Mail: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked. Small groups of protesters wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away. Everything is being done to try and disperse the crowds, but this could go on for a long time yet.”

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