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Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead

11:40, Thursday, 05 July, 2018
Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead

Groups of young people have clashed with French police in Nantes after a 22-year-old man was shot dead by an officer during a police check.

Cars were burned, petrol bombs were thrown, a shopping centre was set alight and a library and several buildings were damaged in the Breil neighbourhood in the early hours of Wednesday.

The police watchdog has opened an investigation into the circumstances of the man’s shooting. Johanna Rolland, the Socialist mayor of Nantes, called for clarity on the death and said any investigation must take place independently and with full transparency.

The local police chief, Jean-Christophe Bertrand, said the incident happened at 8.30pm when police stopped a car.

The identity of the driver was unclear and officers received orders to bring the driver to the police station, he added. The driver then reversed his car, hit and slightly injured a police officer.

Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead
Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead
Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead
Police clash with young people in Nantes after man shot dead
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