Firefighters put out a burning car in Nanterres. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt

The death of a 17-year-old teenager, shot by a police officer, has sparked a wave of protests in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre, France. The demonstrations, which began on Tuesday (27), continue even after the authorities asked for “calm”. With information from CNN Brasil.

In videos posted on social media, protesters can be seen firing fireworks at police and setting cars on fire.

In Paris and region, French police arrested 77 people. In addition, a wave of demonstrations spread to other areas of France, such as Lyon, Toulouse and Lille.

The young man, identified only as Naël, was stopped on Tuesday morning by two police officers for allegedly breaking traffic laws. The bullets hit the victim’s head and chest.

An initial police version claimed that the officer shot the young man after he drove the car towards the officers. This statement, however, was contradicted after footage showed the agents standing next to the car, which was parked, pointing a gun at the driver.

In this video, it is possible to hear a voice: “You will take a bullet in the head”. Moments later, the officer shoots the teenager at close range.

The 38-year-old officer is in police custody as part of the investigation into intentional homicide by a public official, the Public Ministry announced.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron lamented the “inexcusable” death of the young man and said that “nothing justifies” the episode.

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