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French police’s tendency to violence questioned after latest killing

By Jon Henley

30 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy of North African descent during a police traffic stop in a Paris suburb has sparked three nights of violence and rioting, highlighting issues with France's policing structures and methods.

The fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy of north African descent during a police traffic stop in a Paris suburb, and the three consecutive nights of violence and rioting it has triggered, have once more thrown a spotlight on France’s policing structures and methods.

The office of the UN high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) on Friday became the latest international organisation to criticise French policing, saying the shooting was a “moment for the country to seriously address the deep issues of racism and racial discrimination in law enforcement”.

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