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Hundreds of protesters clash with police as riots spread into Paris

A man ignites a burning barricade as protesters clash with French riot police in Bobigny Hundreds of protesters clash with police as riots spread into Paris
Melinda Barton | 17 February, 2017, 01:09

Protestors came out onto the streets of the French capital in the first week of February, soon after the incident, to protest police brutality, racial discrimination and injustice.

The police are accused of raping and abusing the 22-year-old after he was arrested in the Aulnay-sous-Bois suburb on February 2.

Protesters -mostly young people - threw stones and iron bars near the main shopping mall in Bobigny, east of Paris, and police used tear gas to disperse several dozen people Thursday.

French President Francois Hollande called for "justice" Tuesday over the alleged rape of a youth with a police baton, appealing for calm after more than a week of riots.

Since the alleged attack there have been reports of police stations and squad cars being targeted, as well as patrols operating around France. The young man, Theo, whose family name has been withheld by authorities, remains in hospital with injuries to his anus and head.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Monday launched a petition "to support the police" after blaming "laxism in French society" for the problems of the restive suburbs.

An investigating magistrate has charged one of the officers involved with rape and three others officers are being investigated for unnecessary violence. "She encourages violence through her hateful rhetoric", Hamon said. The rioting which followed led to Nicolas Sarkozy, then interior minister, declaring a state of emergency.