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Clashes in Dijon Injure 10, Prompt French Govt to Intervene

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 03:38 AM

PARIS (AP) —

The French government sent police reinforcements and a top official to the Dijon region to quell four nights of clashes between rival groups.

The unrest began last week after a teenager from France’s Chechen community was attacked by local drug dealers, according to local broadcaster France Bleu. Members of the Chechen community called on social networks for revenge and fighting broke out Friday.

After tensions continued through the weekend, the interior minister ordered police reinforcements to the area and announced Monday that the government would take over management of the situation.

Junior Minister Laurent Nunez is heading to the area Tuesday and an investigation is under way into what unleashed the violence.

The local administration, or prefecture, says at least 10 people have been injured.

The unrest comes amid tensions between French police and the government. Amid protests around France over racial injustice and police brutality, the government said last week it would ban police from using chokeholds to subdue people. But the government backed down Monday after police themselves protested. France is experimenting with expanding the use of stun-guns as a potential alternative.

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