France calls for calm after riot over fatal police shooting

The French government called for calm in the western city of Nantes on Wednesday after riots over the fatal police shooting of a young motorist.

Over several hours, protestors burned cars, vandalized stores, and threw Molotov cocktails at police.

“I’m appealing for absolute calm, as the rule of law will be completely respected,” Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told RTL radio on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old motorist, identified by the French newspaper Le Monde as Aboubakar F., was stopped in the town of Breil. Police reportedly received orders to bring him to their station because his “identity was not clear,” France24 reported. The young man allegedly tried to drive away in reverse and hit an officer in the knee, and another officer shot him. Authorities are investigating.

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