Riots in Paris: A suburban mayor’s wife is injured after protesters storm their home
The act has shocked many people and is being investigated as an attempted murder. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne called it “unacceptable.”
Mayor Vincent Jeanbrun was not at home, but his wife was injured, and a child was also injured.
France has experienced violent protests following the death of a teenager by police on Tuesday.
The culprits in the L’Ha-les-Roses incident, south of Paris, have not been identified.
Mr Jeanbrun stated that the attack on his residence occurred at 01:30 (23:30 GMT on Saturday) when he was in his office overseeing the situation.
According to the mayor, the attackers used a car to ram through the gates of their property before lighting fire to the vehicle, causing the fire to spread to the house.
When his wife, Melanie Nowak, attempted to flee with their two children, ages five and seven, they were attacked with fireworks rockets. Ms Nowak’s leg was broken. One of the kids was also hurt.
Mayor Jeanbrun described it as “an unspeakable act of cowardice.”
“A line has been crossed,” he declared.
“If taking care of my family is my priority today, my determination to protect and serve the Republic is stronger than ever,” he continued.
The mayor, a member of the center-right Les Republicains party, has significant support throughout the French political spectrum.
An investigation into attempted murder has been launched by the public prosecutor’s office.
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The attack on Mayor Jeanbrun’s home occurred on the sixth night of violent protests around France in response to the death of Nahel M, 17, who was shot at point-blank range by police during a traffic stop.
On Saturday, around 45,000 police officers were deployed in France to regulate the protests, and the interior ministry reported that Saturday night was quieter, with fewer arrests overall.
However, more than 700 arrests were made around the country, and more than 800 fires were set by rioters throughout the night, according to officials.
Mr Jeanbrun had earlier urged the French government to declare a state of emergency in reaction to the rioting, but President Emmanuel Macron has so far refused.
Later, the French president will meet with key officials to discuss the problem.