France is facing widespread violence following the tragic shooting of a teenager by the police. In response to the ongoing unrest, French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed issuing fines to youths involved in the riots. However, Macron believes that the “peak” of the rioting across the country has passed.
Since Friday, approximately 4,000 people have been arrested in demonstrations taking place all over France. The protests began after the death of a 17-year-old boy of North African descent, Nahel Merzouk, at the hands of French police in the Paris suburbs. The number of minors among those arrested is estimated to be around 1,200, according to the country’s justice ministry.
During a meeting with police officers in Paris, Macron expressed the need to find a way to financially and easily sanction the families of the youth involved in the unrest. He suggested implementing a minimum price for their first offense. Macron also emphasized that it is the responsibility of parents to keep their children at home, stating that it is not the state’s job to act in their place.
Authorities in various municipalities across France have reported a decline in violence. Politico notes that only 72 people were arrested between Monday night and early Tuesday, a significant decrease compared to previous days. Despite this, Macron remains cautious and warned mayors of areas affected by the violence that vigilance is still necessary.
In addition to addressing the immediate situation, Macron has pledged to undertake long-term efforts to understand the root causes of the violence. An official from the president’s office stated that the government will begin the meticulous work required to analyze the deeper reasons behind these events.
While expressing his commitment to addressing the unrest, Macron has also called for vigilance within the police force. Concerns have been raised that violence may escalate during France’s national holiday on July 13 and 14. The police officer responsible for the fatal shooting of the 17-year-old boy remains in custody and has been charged with homicide.
The situation in France remains tense. However, there are signs of improvement, with a decrease in the number of arrests and attacks on police officers. Macron’s proposal to issue fines to youths involved in the unrest demonstrates the government’s efforts to deter future violence. As France continues to grapple with this challenging situation, it is hoped that measures taken by President Macron and law enforcement will lead to peace and stability in the country.