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Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested across France in a fourth night of protests

The interior ministry says that French police have arrested 994 people on Friday night.
In Marseille, 88 people were arrested and a gun store was looted, the city’s mayor called on the national government to immediately send additional troops.
In Marseille, 88 people were arrested and a gun store was looted, the city’s mayor called on the national government to immediately send additional troops.
The widespread unrest gripping France comes as its most famous sporting event, the Tour de France, gets under way later on Saturday in northern Spain.

Organisers say they are ready to adapt to any situation when the three-week cycling race enters France on Monday after several nights of violent protests against the police.

The riders will tackle eight mountain stages and an individual time trial on trips to the Pyrenees and Alps during the 3,404km (2,115-mile) race.

The race finishes in Paris on Sunday, 23 July.
Several vehicles have been set on fire in the Paris suburb of Nanterre overnight.

Footage shows a bus and cars ablaze as firefighters battle the flames.

It was in Nanterre on Tuesday that 17-year-old Nahel M was shot dead by police, triggering the riots.
In the UK, the Foreign Office has warned would-be visitors to France to watch out for travel disruptions amid rioting in the country.

In new travel advice on Friday, the government urged Britons to avoid the riots, saying their locations and timings were “unpredictable”.

It’s warned that there could be disruption to road travel and local transport, and that further curfews may be imposed by some local authorities.

Britons should also check the latest travel information from operators and follow the advice of local authorities, it said.

The government added that it was “more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover”.

So far, the Foreign Office has not changed its advice to warn against all but essential travel – a move which would invalidate many travel insurance policies.

The mayor of Nanterre, the town to the west of Paris where 17-year-old Nahel M was killed, said there was “great sadness and indignation” at his death.

“Today, the demand for justice dominates. The thousands of people who have expressed their anger want to be sure that justice will be done fairly,” Patrick Jarry told Le Monde.

The left-winger and former French Communist Party member said “we must continue to surround” Nahel’s mother.

“Today we are faced with a particularly dramatic episode, a very difficult moment, which will force us to reflect on the conditions of intervention by the police… such as those which intervened on Tuesday morning by making use of their weapons against a teenager, in total violation of all legal provisions,” he added.

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