France riots: Kylian Mbappe and the French football squad demand an end to the country’s violence.
After Nahel M, 17, was slain as he drove away from a traffic stop on Tuesday, France experienced several nights of unrest.
“Violence solves nothing, especially when it inevitably turns against those who are expressing it,” Mbappe said on Instagram.
The 24-year-old advocated for “peaceful and constructive” demonstrations.
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According to police, almost 900 arrests were made on Thursday night alone, with the violence continuing on Friday. In order to prevent additional bloodshed, the administration announced the deployment of 45,000 police personnel.
From Lille and Roubaix in the north to Marseille in the south, shops have been plundered, streets have been severely destroyed, and automobiles have been set ablaze.
Mbappe, a Paris Saint-Germain forward, won the World Cup with France in 2018 and was named captain by manager Didier Deschamps in March.
His statement, allegedly on behalf of the France squad, went on to say, “Like all French people, we were marked and shocked by the death of young Naheel.”
Mbappe stated that the France players, many of whom hail from working-class neighborhoods such as Nahel, share “sadness and pain.”
Mbappe grew up in Bondy, a northeastern Paris suburb.
He stated that the players “could not remain silent” as they called for the “time of mourning, dialogue, and reconstruction” to replace the “time of violence.”
Meanwhile, Tour de France organizers say they are ready to adapt to any situation in the midst of the country’s instability.
The Tour begins on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain, and concludes on Monday in France.
“We are in constant liaison with the State services, and we are following the situation and how it has evolved,” race director Christian Prudhomme said. We will adjust as necessary based on what happens.”