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French youths riot after scooter rider dies

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French youths riot after scooter rider dies


Social tensions have erupted in France, amid anger at the death of a teenager killed as he tried to flee police on a stolen scooter.

Cars, trucks and a bus were set on fire while phone booths and windows were smashed during clashes on the streets of Woippy near the north-eastern city of Metz.

Attacked with Molotov cocktails and stones, riot officers responded with tear gas.

The unrest was triggered by events the previous night when police tried to stop the stolen scooter.
The vehicle, with no lights on, was carrying three youths, none of whom were wearing helmets. It crashed, seriously injuring two of them and killing a third.

A peaceful demonstration paying tribute to 19-year-old Malek Saouchi was followed by the disturbances.

Three police officers initially taken into custody for the purposes of the enquiry have now been allowed home.

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