667 people arrested as protests sweep France for third night

Some 667 people have been arrested as clashes between police and protesters in France continue for a third night.

In Paris, shops are ransacked and cars set on fire despite a heavy police presence. 40,000 officers were deployed across France.

Some 249 police officers and gendarmes were injured in last night’s riots, the Ministry of the Interior says.

It comes after France’s interior minister said emergency services responded courageously to a night of “rare violence.

The violence began on Tuesday after police shot dead a 17-year-old boy of Algerian and Moroccan descent, named as Nahel M, as he drove away from a traffic stop.

The officer who shot Nahel has apologized to the family. He has been charged with voluntary homicide and his lawyer says he is “devastated.”

Nahel’s mother earlier said she didn’t blame the whole police force – just the officer who fired the lethal shot.

“He saw the face of an Arab, of a little kid, he wanted to take his life,” she said.

The teen’s death has revived grievances about policing and racial profiling in France’s suburbs.

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