Theo gives thanks for support

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Theo gives thanks for support

The 22-year-old man whose arrest in northern Paris sparked nights of protests across France has thanked his supporters.

Theo posted the video message on Facebook after being discharged from hospital.

The protests, which have led to over 200 arrests around France, follow allegations that he was beaten and raped with a police baton during an arrest attempt on February 2.

An investigation is underway.

Protesters in the north of Paris lit piles of rubbish and set bins on fire in the streets as consecutive protests turned violent.

Riot police responded with tear gas.

A police officer has been placed under formal investigation for the suspected rape.

Three others are under investigation for violent conduct during the arrest of the 22-year-old in Aulnay-sous-Bois.