France unrest appears to be ebbing but more than 700 arrested

Young rioters clashed with police overnight and targeted a mayor’s home with a burning car as France faced a fifth night of unrest sparked by the police killing of a teenager of North African descent, but overall violence appeared to lessen compared with previous nights.

Police had made more than 700 arrests nationwide by early Sunday after a mass security deployment aimed at quelling France’s worst social upheaval in years.

Tens of thousands of police were deployed in cities across the country on Saturday after the funeral of Nahel M.

President Emmanuel Macron postponed a state visit to Germany that was due to begin on Sunday to handle the worst crisis for his leadership since the “yellow vest” protests paralysed much of France in late 2018.

“A calmer night thanks to the resolute action of the security forces,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted early on Sunday.

However, the mayor of Paris said rioters in France rammed a car into the home of the mayor of a town south of Paris.

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