322 people were arrested over riots in France on Sunday

A total of 322 people were arrested in France, including 126 in Paris and its nearby suburbs, on Sunday night until 01:30 (23:30 GMT), according to the Ministry of the Interior, at a time when the violence is declining. The violence sparked by the killing of the young man, Nael, by a policeman’s bullet.

It was reported that incidents were recorded in the Champs Elysees in Paris, in Marseille (south), where 56 people were arrested, and in Lyon (central east), where 21 people were arrested, based on a provisional outcome.

The arrest of a protester in Paris

In Marseille, which was the scene of major incidents and looting on Friday night, a huge security apparatus worked on Sunday to disperse groups of young people whose number was fewer than the previous day.

In the capital, a large force of law enforcement officers has been deployed along the Champs-Elysées, while calls for a rally have circulated on social media since Friday, according to an AFP journalist.

Along the avenue, small groups of young men dressed in black as police watched in front of the shops.

At about 1:30 (23:30 GMT), the police were working to clear out the last remaining groups.

In Lyon, 21 people were arrested, according to a toll released by the Ministry of the Interior in the evening.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan announced the mobilization of about 45,000 police and gendarmerie forces on Saturday night to deal with the riots.

Nael, 17, was shot in the chest by a policeman at close range during a traffic check, and the 38-year-old arrested policeman was charged with premeditated murder.

His body was shared by hundreds of people, on Saturday, from the Ibn Badis Mosque to the Mont Valerian cemetery in the Parisian suburb of Nanterre.

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