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Police shooting in France presents new challenge for Macron

By Roger Cohen

30 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The fatal shooting of a 17-year-old French citizen of Algerian and Moroccan descent by a police officer has sparked violent protests and accusations of systemic racism in French law enforcement.

PARIS — The deadly shooting of a teenager, a French citizen of Algerian and Moroccan descent, by a police officer outside Paris has ignited a wave of violent protest that once again confronts President Emmanuel Macron with turmoil in the streets and has revived accusations of endemic racism in France’s law enforcement agencies.

The tumult from the police shooting of a 17-year-old in the western suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday comes just weeks after nationwide demonstrations over Macron’s decision to raise the retirement age, presenting the French leader with a renewed wave of popular fury. A video showing the shooting stoked the outrage.

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