Police are bombarded with fireworks by baying mob during coronavirus lockdown patrol as they pin down a resident in Paris suburb
- Chaotic scenes broke out in the French capital’s eastern Noisy-le-Grand suburb
- Police on quarantine patrol were targeted with fireworks by rioting residents
- Two of the attackers were apprehended and five officers received minor injuries
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This is the dramatic moment police on quarantine patrol in Paris were targeted with fireworks by a group of 15 rioting residents.
Chaotic scenes broke out in the French capital’s eastern Noisy-le-Grand suburb.
Footage taken at the scene shows policemen entering the Pablo Picasso square on motorcycles.
One anti-riot officer is seen being targeted with exploding fireworks as he attempts to pin down one of the alleged attackers
Chaotic scenes broke out in the French capital’s eastern Noisy-le-Grand suburb
One anti-riot officer is then seen being targeted with exploding fireworks as he attempts to pin down one of the alleged attackers.
The violent on Sunday evening incident involved some 15 residents in addition to the responding police officers.
Two of the attackers, both aged 18, were apprehended and five officers received minor injuries, according to local reports.
The incident comes after riots broke out in Paris last month amid anger over police ‘heavy-handed’ treatment of ethnic minorities during the coronavirus lockdown.
Footage taken at the scene shows policemen entering the Pablo Picasso on motorcycles
The unrest was sparked by a 30-year-old who was critically injured in the neighbourhood of Villeneuve-la-Garenne in northern Paris, in a collision with an unmarked police car.
France starts lifting confinement measures on May 11, with businesses to resume activity and parents to return to work.
French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed plans to gradually reopen schools next week amid concerns from mayors, teachers and parents about the timing.
The country has been one of Europe’s hardest hit by the pandemic, and has so far reported 170,551 cases and 25,531 deaths.