Amidst the decline in riots in France, a week after the killing of teenager Nael Al-Marzouki by a policeman’s bullet, the French Ministry of Interior confirmed that 3,625 people, including 1,124 minors, have been arrested, and 990 people are before the courts, and 380 of them have been imprisoned, since the start of the riots.
Parliamentarians denounced the statement of the head of the Republican Party bloc in the Senate, Bruno Rotayo, accusing the protesters of being French on identity, stressing that these statements are blatant racism.
The head of the “France Father” party bloc in the Parliamentary National Assembly, Mathilde Banno, said: Rotayo’s statements reflect crude racism, while Representative Clementine Otan considered that people who exude racism dare to give lessons about good Republican behavior.
In turn, the right-wing minister in Macron’s government told parliament yesterday, “We do not want hatred of the police, nor hatred of foreigners.”
And the head of the Republican Party bloc in the Senate, Bruno Rotayo, had said in statements to Radio France Info that these young men are definitely French, but they are French on the identity card, and unfortunately for the second and third generations (of immigrants), there is something like a return to their ethnic origins. .
Rotayo criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to expedite the payment of funds to local authorities to help rebuild the destroyed public property, saying that these facilities were burned by “brutes”.
He added, “This is a double blow to the French people: we paid the price for building these facilities and now we have to rebuild them because these savages set them on fire.”
France witnessed riots, looting, theft, vandalism, and setting fires following the killing of the young man, Nael Al-Marzouki, and it continued in many popular neighborhoods in the country, and French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan confirmed to Parliament that 90% of those arrested were French citizens.