• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Violence flares in Paris after Islamic veil arrest

AFP · 21 Jul 2013, 10:15

Published: 21 Jul 2013 10:15 GMT+02:00

The teenager suffered an eye injury after being shot in the face on Friday evening. It is not yet known who fired the shot.

The youth was in hospital on Saturday. Several police offers were also injured.

Some 250 youths had gathered in the suburb of Trappes on Friday evening throwing stones at police who responded with tear gas.

The 14-year-old was hurt during an "intense phase" of violence, official Erard Corbin de Mangoux said.

Trouble had started around 8:30 pm and carried on sporadically through the night until 2am.

It had been sparked by an incident on Thursday when an officer stopped a woman wearing a veil.

During this, the woman's husband attacked and apparently tried to strangle the officer, according to Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous.

This version was disputed by the Collective against Islamophobia in France, who said trouble started after police "provocation".

France introduced a law in April 2011 banning the wearing of full face veils in public places.

Since that time more than 700 inspections have been carried out by police.

Story continues below…

Politicians and community leaders called for calm.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who was in Marseille, said: "To attack the police, institutions, public goods makes no sense, does not solve any problem and is unacceptable."

The president of the Observatory against Islamophobia, Abdallah Zekri appealed for calm.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Universities dismiss 'lottery' for Paris medical students
Photo: AFP

University authorities have denied claims that Paris medical students will be selected at random.

Paris love lock tour group: 'We don't hang any locks'
A file pic of the padlocks at the Archeveche bridge in Paris. Photo: AFP

A love lock tour group that's been slammed by an outraged public has said they don't actually hang padlocks on Paris bridges.

French mechanic finds 'long-lost Renoir' online for €700
An art expert examines a different Renoir painting. Photo: Paul J Richards/AFP

Authentic works by Renoir have reached up to $78 million at auction... so is this one for real?

VIDEO: Outrage after French police humiliate amputee
A screengrab from the video. Photo: Jean-Didier Bakekolo

A man has captured on camera what he called "unprecedented brutality" by police.

French Muslim sent home from school over long skirt
Photo: AFP

Her skirt was deemed to be "conspicuously religious".

Four shot in high-speed car chase in France
All four people in the suspect car were injured in the crash, two of them seriously. Photo: Alexis Constant/La Voix du Nord/ AFP

UPDATE: Car was carrying four suspected human traffickers.

This is how Paris plans to stop the 'wild peeing' plague
The use of public toilets in Paris has climbed 41 percent since 2011. Photo: AFP

Paris may one of the world's most elegant cities, but sometimes it stinks. Quite literally.

Afghan film star in French exile after death threats
Afghan actress Marina Golbahari and her husband Noor in Paris. Photo: AFP

An Afghan actress has been chased from her home to the brink of suicide in a French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

'Love lock' tour companies spark anger in Paris
Photo: AFP

Companies are making money from "love lock tours" on Paris's historic bridges and the public are angry.

Why does 'everyone in France hate the police'?
Photos: AFP

"Everyone hates the police" is the new chant of protesters in France, but why?

Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
National
Le Soleil! French set to enjoy long Ascension weekend in the sun
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
May the 4th be with you: How the French translated Star Wars
National
Why France has a major problem with the US and EU free trade deal
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Proust's personal archives to go under the hammer in Paris
National
Who exactly are the masked rioters causing havoc across France?
French rail passengers must now pay to change their tickets
Travel
Here are nine must-see landmarks in Paris you may have missed
Sponsored Article
Retiring abroad: ensuring your health is covered
Society
Paris makes love-lock bridge even more love-lock proof
Lifestyle
Parisians paying dearly for their bad 'parking'
Society
What's on in France: Ten great things to do in May
Society
Protesters clash with police over France's new labour laws
National
French dangerously 'unprepared' for future natural disasters
Is it really safe to come to France for Euro 2016?
National
Salah Abdeslam: Pot-smoking 'little moron' is finally back in Paris
Rail strike: Passengers in France face major disruption
Cats in a cafe?!? Nine of the quirkiest things you can see in Paris
National
VIDEO: The moment a Paris suicide bomber blew himself up
National
Why there's another rail strike in France and why there will be more
National
Winter is coming (back). Why is France so cold right now?
National
WWI's Anzac Day heroes honoured in northern France service
Lifestyle
VIDEO: Did you know all these stars spoke great French?
Culture
How did the French end up with their 'crazy' numbers?
Politics
Why this man could become the next president of France
2,765
jobs available