FRENCH Gangs of youths on RAMPAGE in shocking night of Halloween violence

Paris Gangs of masked youths on RAMPAGE in shocking night of Halloween violence

Scene from the 2016 movie "The Purge: Election Year"
Scene from the 2016 movie “The Purge: Election Year”Universal
More than 100 young people were arrested in the Paris suburbs on Halloween — after messages circulated around social media calling for a “purge” of the police force, according to new reports.

ROB VIRTUE, EXPRESS|AIWA! NO!|GANGS of masked youths went on a ferocious rampage in France after a social media call was made for a mass “purge” against police officers.

France riots: Last night saw violent crashes in both Paris and Lyon
France riots: Last night saw violent crashes in both Paris and Lyon (Image: TWITTER)

Riot police fired tear gas in the violent scenes in the French capital Paris and the city of Lyon on Halloween night.

More than 100 of the rioters were arrested after hassling police and passers by, shattering shop windows and setting rubbish bins on fire.

In the deprived Seine-Saint-Denis area north of Paris, a sportswear store was looted and young people robbing a grocery store attacked police with acid, according to Denis Jacob of police union Alternative Police.

Authorities said the riots were stoked by messages circulated on social media, apparently inspired by the Hollywood horror film franchise “The Purge”, which depicts a violent dystopia in which all crimes are made legal for a day.

France riots: The violence followed a social media call for a police 'purge'
France riots: The violence followed a social media call for a police ‘purge’ (Image: TWITTER)
France riots: More than 100 people were arrested over the clashes
France riots: More than 100 people were arrested over the clashes (Image: TWITTER)
France riots: Last night's violence follows fighting after the 2018 World Cup
France riots: Last night’s violence comes months after fighting after the 2018 World Cup (Image: TWITTER)

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in France, although it has become more visible since the late 1990s under the influence of American films and TV series, with shop windows often showing hollowed out pumpkin heads and witches.

During the World Cup this summer two football fans were killed in Paris after celebrations at France’s World Cup final win turned sour.

More than 500 people were arrested after the riots.

Just a week earlier there was four nights of rioting in Nantes over a fatal shooting by a French police officer. The officer claimed the shooting was an accident.

The officer was reportedly devastated over the death.

Angry youths torched cars in the Le Breil neighbourhood after Aboubakar Fofana, 22, was shot dead.

Mr Fofana almost ran over two children and hit a police officer when reversing from a control point “at high speed”.

He was shot in the neck and was declared dead on arrival at hospital.

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GRADUATE STUDENT: MASTERS OF LAWS, DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, http://dmu.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LAWS, LEICESTER.

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