French Police will remain in the suburbs of Paris
Police to remain in Paris suburbs
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:51:45 GMT
France’s interior minister says security forces would remain ‘as long as necessary’ in Paris suburbs after a second night of unrest, sparked when police stopped a face-veiled woman.
Manuel Valls said Sunday that the French government would keep in place a “significant police presence until a lasting calm is restored” in and around Trappes, located southwest of the capital.
During the early hours of Sunday, police arrested four people in the region after some 250 youths gathered in Trappes and clashed with officers.
A 14-year-old boy suffered a serious eye injury in the conflict and about 20 vehicles were put ablaze in the town and surrounding areas.
The unrest was triggered by an incident on July 18, when a police officer stopped a woman wearing a face veil.
Officials accuse the woman’s husband of trying to strangle the officer who was checking the woman.
However, according to the French group Collective Against Islamophobia, the officer yanked the woman by her veil and shoved her mother.
A similar incident occurred on June 20, when French police stopped a 25-year-old woman in another Paris suburb, Argenteuil, which sparked anger among residents.
On June 13, a Muslim woman in the same suburb suffered miscarriage after she was severely beaten by two men, who tried to pull off her commonplace head covering, which was not the banned face veil.
Meanwhile, many who are against the attacks on Muslims say it is difficult to imagine that French politicians could not have predicted that the imposed anti-burqa law in 2011 would cause such unrest.
Since the law was imposed, attacks targeting Muslim women in France have been on the rise.