More than 2,500 buildings and 12,000 vehicles burned in riots in France

A total of 2,508 buildings and 12,031 cars have been set on fire in the riots that have been taking place in France since June 27, for which 3,505 people, mostly young people, have been arrested.

The figures were given this Wednesday by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, who in an appearance in the Senate pointed out that, although in recent nights the altercations have subsided a lot, “it is very difficult to know what will happen in the next few days.”

Darmanin explained that law enforcement 23,178 fires have been registered in the street and that of all the buildings set on fire, 273 were National Police or Municipal Police stations and Gendarmerie barracks.

The minister explained that the average age of the detainees is “17-18 years”, that the youngest is 11 and the oldest is 59, that “only” 10% are foreigners and that 60% had no judicial or police records.

According to the figures communicated by the government spokesman, Olivier Véran, at the end of the Council of Ministers, as of Tuesday, of all the detainees, 990 had already been brought before a magistrate with a view to possible indictment and 480 trials had been held for the immediate appearance procedure.

After these trials, to which minors cannot be subjected, 366 people had been jailed.

At the origin of this outbreak is the death on the 27th of a minor under 17 years of age by the shot of a police officer when he was trying to skip a control at the wheel of a car for which he did not have a driving license.

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The head of the Interior reiterated the idea that this agent, a 38-year-old brigadier who had received several decorations, “did not respect the 2017 law” which, in a context marked by the wave of jihadist attacks in France, extended the authorization of the use of weapons against those who skip a police control and may endanger the integrity of law enforcement or third parties.

Given the criticism launched by a part of the left, which has called for its modification on the grounds that it has led to a much greater use of weapons by agents and to a record of 12 deaths last year, he was contrary.

His line of argument, with figures, was that this law has not caused an increase in the use of weapons by the forces of order against those who bypass their controls, although there are more and more.

“The Police and the Gendarmerie – he affirmed – do not shoot more than before, but those who skip the controls do increase”.

Darmanin insisted on emphasizing that behind the riots there is a minority that does not represent the population of the sensitive neighborhoods in which they have concentrated: “At most, there have been a few thousand people.”

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