Paris riot police fired tear gas on Tuesday as scattered protesters threw projectiles and set fires during an unauthorised demonstration against police violence and racial injustice.
The demonstration was organised to honour Frenchman Adama Traoré, who died shortly after being detained by the police in 2016 and in solidarity with Americans demonstrating the death of George Floyd in the US.
The Traoré case has become emblematic of the fight against police brutality in France. Calls for Tuesday’s protest in front of a Paris court come after some medical experts last week attributed the death to a cardiac problem, the latest in a series of conflicting medical assessments.
His family said he died from asphyxiation due to police tactics. Protesters defied a police ban imposed a few hours before the demonstration, forbidding any gatherings of more than 10 people.
As the demonstration wound down, police fired tear gas and protesters could be seen throwing projectiles. Two small fires broke out and green and grey barriers surrounding a construction site were knocked over.
Firefighters were seen trying to extinguish the fire while the clashes were still going on.