The party for the conquest of the World Cup turned into riots and violent acts in several French cities
Almost 300 people were arrested in different French cities, most of them in Paris, during the celebrations of the triumph of their football team at the World Cup in Russia, the Interior Ministry reported Monday.
In a statement, the ministry said the night was settled with 292 arrests, 90 of them in Paris, and 45 police and gendarmes slightly injured in some incidents that took place during the night.
Although in general, the atmosphere was festive among the millions of people who celebrated the second World Cup in France, Paris, Lyon, and Marseille were the scenes of violent acts, throwing stones, breaking shop windows and looting some shops that forced the intervention of forces of order.
The largest concentration took place in the Champs Elysees of the capital, full of French in a festive atmosphere, who sang until the wee hours of the morning and brandished the country’s flags.
But, in parallel, a violent group began to attack the shop window of a well-known shop of the well-known Parisian commercial promenade, an act that was answered with water cannons to evict them.
The prefect of Paris, Michel Delpuech, said in a press conference that a total of a dozen stores on the Champs-Elysees were attacked by “thieves” while noting that the agents had to intervene to avoid confrontation between two violent groups near of the Arc de Triomphe.
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