In my previous post I mentioned that 297 cars had burned during the night of July 13-14. Now it seems that another 295 were torched the following night, making a total of 592 cars destroyed – 150 in Ile-de-France (the Parisian region) and 145 in the provinces. In addition, 98 persons were arrested and 58 were placed in custody in all of France. The figures just for Ile-de-France are 48 arrests and 29 in custody.
However the worst crime so far took place in Asnières, in the department of Hauts-de-Seine (Parisian suburbs). TF1 reports:
He may lose an eye. On the night of July 13-14, a police commissioner was injured by a pyrotechnical device during a confrontation between young persons and the police. "The wound is extremely serious," according to a police source.
The commissioner, about 30, was visibly wounded by the ricochet of the pyrotechnical device while violent confrontations between about 50 young persons and the police were taking place in the northern neighborhoods, considered dangerous ["sensibles"], of Asnières. The commissioner received a visit on Monday from Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie.
The socialist mayor of Asnières, Sébastien Pietrasanta, called these confrontations "extremely serious", and spoke of gangs of "well-prepared and hooded" young persons who attacked anyone and anything that represented order and institutions." According to a source at the office of District Attorney ["parquet"] of Nanterre, these were" blatant acts of urban violence, an unprecedented violence, premeditated," that pitted "from 30 to 60 persons" against the forces of order.
The mayor said that the following night had been "calm", but SICP, the union of police commissioners, expressed anger once again at the "regular rise in violence at holiday time," stressing that the use of fireworks and firearms has become "almost systematic" against the police forces.
It is a calm night