A tragic story I had to share. Hoping this young man recovers quickly.
Rioters burned dozens of cars and set fire to a nursery school in the poor northern suburbs of Paris in the latest night of unrest sparked by the arrest of a young black man by officers who have since been charged with beating and raping him.
Police arrested 17 people in the disturbances that hit several different areas in the same suburbs where riots by disgruntled youths of immigrant origin began in 2005 and spread across the country.
President François Hollande on Tuesday evening went to visit the young man who is recovering in hospital after his allegedly violent arrest last Thursday in Aulnay-sous-Bois, and stayed for half an hour at his bedside.
The 22-year-old victim, identified only by his first name, Theo, called on people in the suburbs to remain calm and not to take to the streets, according to the president’s aides.
But that call went unheeded, and the suburbs saw their fifth consecutive night of unrest following his arrest, when he was allegedly sodomised with a police officer's baton during an identity check.
One officer was charged on Sunday with aggravated rape and three others were charged with aggravated assault.