As riots in Paris again flared up on Saturday evening, Marine Le Pen openly accused her rivals of creating the situation.
Protests in Paris over the case of a 22 year old man who was alleged raped in by officers with a police baton again turned violent Saturday evening. Marine Le Pen, in an interview with French channel iTele, Sunday, February 12, targeted “politicians” who make “unworthy statements” by evoking racism in the police.
— iTELE (@itele) February 12, 2017
Officers under investigation
Four police officers are under investigation over the case of a 22-year-old man — identified only by his first name, Theo — who was arrested Feb. 2 in the neighbouring district of Aulnay-Sous-Bois by officers checking ID documents.
During his arrest, part of which was captured on video, the man alleged that one of the officers sodomized him with a police baton. In a Feb. 5 statement, the French Interior Ministry said one police officer has been placed under formal investigation for suspected rape and three others for unnecessary violence.
Theo’s case has prompted a week of demonstrations in the impoverished district. Cars and refuse bins were torched in a night of violence on Feb. 7 and disturbances resumed on Saturday, and again in the early hours of Sunday.
— Rafaela Freitas (@rafaelapfreitas) February 11, 2017
“It is impunity that is at work”
The Presidential candidate for the National Front criticized “the consequence of the laxity and the responsibility of the policies that govern us”. “It is impunity that is at work,” she added, denouncing “a certain number of thugs who seek every possible excuse to pour out their hatred of France, their rule of law, police.”