A video posted on twitter, shows French police fleeing from an armed mob, as riots associated with agitated immigrant populations continue to spread towards the city center.
With unrest spreading, hundreds of armed bandits took to the streets Wednesday night near the Barbes Metro station, which is very close to a major transportation hub. The mob smashed windows of local businesses, looted shops, and lit fires, targeting police cars.
According to French newspaper, Le Figaro, there have been riots every night this week, with destruction and looting marring every night.
An officer at the scene said: “Windows have been smashed and officers attacked. Small groups of protesters wearing hoods to hide their identities are causing trouble and then running away. “Everything is being done to try and disperse the crowds, but this could go on for a long time yet.”
Breitbart also reports:
There has been heightened tension on the council estates of Paris since the 2nd of February, when a 22-year-old youth worker named Theo was allegedly beaten up and raped with a truncheon by police.
French President François Hollande has appealed for calm and visited the victim in hospital, where he has undergone emergency surgery. Theo also made a plea from his hospital bed for calm as the attacks continued to spread.
Last week, on the 7th and 8th, riots occurred across numerous north-eastern Paris suburbs associated with social deprivation and high immigrant populations, including Tremblay-en-France, Montfermeil, Clichy-sous-Bois, and Villepinte in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, and Blanc-Mesnil in Seine-Maritime.
French presidential candidate and Front National leader Marine Le Pen slammed the French government for its “paralysis” on the matter Wednesday.
“The forces of order are targeted by bands of scoundrels,” Ms. Le Pen said calling the situation “a shame for France” on the international stage. “The government is silent. A silence that reflects both its cowardice and its impotence”, she added.