Egyptian migrant dies in France after police shootout

An Egyptian migrant has died after being shot at by French police who tried to stop a van that had rammed through immigration controls on the Italian border, prosecutors said Thursday.

Egyptian migrant dies in France after police shootout
A French police officer at the Franco-Italian border, on June 29, 2018. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

The issue of police violence has been thrust into the heart of a tight French parliamentary election battle after a string of deaths caused by police in recent months.

The 35-year-old Egyptian “died yesterday (Wednesday) in the early evening,” deputy Nice prosecutor Parvine Derivery told AFP.

Italian authorities had warned that a van carrying illegal migrants was in the town of Sospel, on the French side of the border with Italy.

French border police chased the van after it refused to stop until another police team intervened 30km away.

Police said the van accelerated in their direction, prompting a police officer to use his weapon four times to stop the vehicle.

The van was then found abandoned in Nice, after the driver and two passengers fled from the scene.

Five migrants were found in the truck, including the Egyptian injured by a bullet to the head who was urgently transferred to a nearby hospital.

Earlier this month, police shot a woman dead in a car in northern Paris after the vehicle failed to stop when summoned by officers and then allegedly drove towards them at speed.

And hours after President Emmanuel Macron celebrated his re-election on April 24, police shot dead two men who sped past them in their car in the hope of evading checks.

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Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

Paris police on Tuesday fished a man out of the Seine river, which he jumped into after he rammed a car into a Valentino store and robbed dozens of luxury handbags.

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

The 24-year-old suspect smashed into the store around 2am on the high-end Rue Saint-Honoré, a police source said.

He grabbed as many as 30 luxury handbags and other items before attempting to flee in the car.

The man then failed to stop when a police patrol gave chase after spotting him near the central Paris Opéra.

He abandoned the car on Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the police source said, before plunging into the nearby river Seine.

But river police quickly fished him out and placed him under arrest.

A source familiar with the case said that the “entirety” of the stolen items had been found.

A second source told AFP that “around 30” handbags – which Valentino lists on its website at between €1,000 and €3,000 – were found in his car.

The suspect now faces an investigation for charges including aggravated robbery and refusal to comply with police, Paris prosecutors said.