Like many other French cities, Marseille was again shaken in the night from Friday to Saturday by clashes. The police announced 80 arrests among small groups, very mobile, face masked. Provence reports scenes of looting on several arteries of the city, including the Canebière.
Rioters attacked the Sephora store on rue Saint-Ferréol (VIe) and looted the stocks. The windows of several other stores were broken and fires were started in several places in the city. According to France 3, an armory was looted, and shotguns stolen. But no ammunition, says a police source.
The Sephora store on rue Saint-Ferréol in Marseille is the target of looters this Friday night#Nahel pic.twitter.com/Qo35112NIq
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Firefighters also intervened at the level of the rue Alexandre-Ansaldi, in the fourteenth arrondissement of Marseille: an Aldi supermarket was attacked with a car-ramming. The store was engulfed in flames, and about thirty firefighters were mobilized to control the fire, reports La Provence.
The Marseille public transport network, the RTM, had stopped running from 18 p.m. and shopkeepers had been asked to close their shops early. The demonstrations had been banned by the police headquarters of Bouches-du-Rhône.
The mayor of Marseille called for "the immediate dispatch of additional police forces" in the face of violence and looting in the second city of France on the night of Friday to Saturday.
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A CRS company was expected to arrive overnight, a police source said. The Ministry of the Interior had announced the arrival of a surveillance plane of the special forces of the RAID a little earlier.
"In Marseille, the scenes of looting and violence are unacceptable. I condemn in total firmness these acts of vandalism and ask the state to immediately send additional law enforcement forces," tweeted left-wing mayor Benoît Payan.