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Mayors of France Call to Mobilize for Civil Peace

They will hold public events in front of town halls across the country at noon this Monday.

After five days of protests against police violence, the Association of Mayors of France (AMF, for its acronym in French) called this Sunday for a mobilization of mayors on Monday to call for civil peace and an end to the riots.

In statements to a television channel that were later disseminated through social networks, its president, David Lisnard, explained that the AMF decided to call on the elected officials and the population to mobilize from 12:00 (local time) on the esplanades of the municipalities.

The representative of the AMF pointed out that “order must return because it precedes everything else.” According to Lisnard, since Tuesday, June 27, when the protests began, the premises of 150 city halls or municipal buildings have been attacked.

During the early hours of Saturday to Sunday, in the town of L’Haÿ les Roses, in the suburbs of Paris, protesters crashed a car into the mayor’s house and then the vehicle caught fire.

According to press reports, as a result of the incident, the wife and two small children of the mayor, Vincent Jeanbrun (Los Republicanos party), were injured. Some local media point out that the wife was seriously injured.

Jeanbrun was at the time at the town hall to coordinate the response to the incidents in his town. The Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation for attempted murder.

This Sunday, the Ministry of the Interior specified that last morning there were at least 719 arrests throughout the country. Although 45,000 police and gendarmes were mobilized for the second time, 45 officers were injured, 577 vehicles and buildings were set on fire and 871 fires were recorded on public roads.

The protests and clashes began after the murder by a police officer, on June 27, of a 17-year-old boy who was driving a vehicle and evaded a police checkpoint. Although he did not constitute a reason for danger to the agents who were chasing him, one of them shot him at point-blank range and later stated that he did so in self-defense. The Prosecutor’s Office requested preventive detention and that he be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter.