The grandmother of the French teen killed by police asks rioters to stop

The grandmother of a French teenager, Nahel, shot by police has called for an end to riots, as the government sought to quell unrest following his death.

Voice of the grieving: Nahel’s grandmother appealed for the violence to stop, expressing her anger at the officer who killed her grandson, but maintaining faith in the justice system.
* Nahel, identified only by his first name, was buried on Saturday.
* His grandmother called for a halt to the destruction of property during the riots.

Government response: President Emmanuel Macron held security meetings and planned to engage with heads of parliament and mayors of affected towns.
* The unrest has triggered the delay of Macron’s first state visit to Germany in 23 years.
* Macron also plans a longer-term assessment of the reasons behind the unrest.

The deployment: The office of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 45,000 police officers will be deployed to combat anger over discrimination against individuals from former French colonies living in low-income neighbourhoods.
* The interior ministry reported a decline in arrests, from 719 the day before to 49 on Sunday.
* More than 3,000 people have been detained overall since the start of the riots.
* Hundreds of police and firefighters have been injured, although no figures have been reported regarding protester injuries.

Rampant violence: The home of the mayor of Paris suburb of L’Hay-les-Roses was attacked by a burning car, injuring the mayor’s wife and child.
* The attack on Mayor Vincent Jeanbrun’s home represents an ‘unusual’ escalation of violence.
* An investigation into attempted murder has been opened by regional prosecutor Stephane Hardouin.

Public sentiment: Community views remain mixed, with some residents welcoming police presence, and others seeing police behavior as the root of the crisis.
* Thirteen people failed to comply with traffic stops and were fatally shot by French police last year, and three this year, prompting calls for increased accountability.
* As the unrest continues, life in some parts of France remains normal, with tourists visiting landmarks and residents going shopping.
* However, violent graffiti can be seen in areas, such as the phrase “The police kill” on a bench near where Nahel was shot.

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