Controversial Incident Involving Decorated Officer Ignites Riots and Provokes Criticism in France

France has faced severe backlash after violent and destructive riots erupted, mostly involving underage individuals from immigrant African and Middle-Eastern backgrounds.

The riots were triggered by an incident in which a decorated police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old from Algerian descent who attempted to escape after defying police orders.

Riots Surpassing USA’s 2020

The incident involving 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk took place on June 27 and was filmed and shared on social media, leading to widespread rioting, arson, looting, and assault primarily carried out by unruly teenagers of African and Arab origins.

Although the riots have somewhat subsided in recent days, the initial week witnessed shocking levels of violence, prompting headlines such as “France Has Fallen,” as reported by Gateway Pundit.

French police officer Florian M., who is now charged with “voluntary manslaughter,” remains in custody. However, his lawyer has requested his release, citing concerns for his client’s safety in French prisons.

Florian M. calmly spoke from his prison cell during his pretrial hearing, but the court rejected the motion to free him.

The lawyer argued that Florian M. would be safer in public with police protection than in detention, suggesting that his client’s life might be at risk from criminals.

The plea from the officer’s lawyer, emphasizing his client’s dedicated service as a public servant and distinguishing him from drug dealers and criminals, fell on deaf ears.

15-Count Rap Sheet

Florian M. recounted in court that he directed Nahel to pull over after the teenager was driving a high-powered rental Mercedes in a lane designated for buses.

The teenager attempted to escape and had to be chased by the officer and his partner on motorcycles in a dangerous pursuit in Nanterre.

The officer stated that he only fired his weapon after Nahel initially stopped but then began racing off again, fearing that his colleague would be crushed between the Mercedes and a wall.

Two minors aged 17 and 14 who were in the car claimed Florian M. stated he would shoot Nahel in the head, an accusation the officer denied.

Nahel Merzouk had a criminal record with 15 counts, including five instances of evading arrest after being pulled over for driving without a license. The officer, Florian M., is a French military veteran who was honored with a medal for his role in a kidnapping case in 2021.

This article appeared in
The State Today and has been published here with permission.

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