French parliament loosens rules for police opening fire in the line of duty
The French Senate has passed a law that increases the circumstances in which police may legally open fire. Police are now allowed to open fire on fleeing suspects, detainees and vehicles if they pose a deadly threat.
The Senate approved a law on Thursday that brings the powers of French police in line with those of its paramilitary gendarmerie.
While in the line of duty, police may now shoot at fleeing suspects or detainees who pose a threat to authorities' lives after giving two warnings.
Police may also now open fire on vehicles that ignore orders to stop and that also pose a deadly threat. Additionally, they can shoot to stop rampage killings.
The Senate's vote comes amidst renewed tensions in the outskirts of Paris after a local black man was allegedly raped by policemen with a baton during a check in Aulnay-sous-Bois two weeks ago. The French capital's northern suburbs have seen rioting for days since news of the incident broke, with dozens of arrests.
French gendarmes take up positions in nothern Parisian suburb, Aulnay-sous-Bois, in an attempt to minimize violent clashes.
Show of support
Protesters display signs reading "Justice for Theo" on Monday before violence broke out later that night.
Heavy police presence
French police officers stand by the entrance of the Menilmontant metro station as protests continue into Monday evening.
Making themselves heard
An unidentified man demontrates his support in front of French police for a young black man who was allegedly assaulted by officers while in custody.
Trying to keep the peace
A French police officer guards an entry point to the Menilmontant metro station as protests continue into Monday night.
A woman raises an accusatory sign during Monday night's protests against police violence.
Addressing the crowd
A member of French activist group 'Nuit Debout' (Up all night) known only as Rico speaks to protesters on Monday night after accusations of police violence. The social movement began in March 2016 and has been compared to the Occupy movement in the United States.
Justice for Théo
A woman holds a sign reading "Justice Pour Théo" (Justice for Théo) during Monday night's protests in Paris.
French President Francois Hollande (R) meets with youth worker Théo as he recovers from major surgery after his arrest by police. Hollande has continued to call for calm following the incident.
Daybreak reveals the remains of a car torched by protesters on Monday night in the northern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois.