July 20, 2013
Hundreds have clashed with police in a Paris suburb after a Muslim woman was stopped for wearing a veil. The Muslim community contests the police version of events, while nationalists blame France’s immigration policy.
A crowd of some 250 people collected outside the police station of the gritty Paris suburb of Trappes in response to the arrest of a Muslim man who police say assaulted them after they checked the identity of a woman wearing an Islamic veil.
“Her husband reacted in a hostile fashion, insulting and hitting the policemen. The man was placed in custody for that reason,” Jean-Marc Galland, a senior official for Yvelines region, told Reuters.
“On Friday, there were demands for clarification from people in the town who did not understand the arrest,” he added.
But Prosecutor Vincent Lesclous later told reporters that the man had in-fact tried to strangle a police officer.
The crowd soon turned violent, setting fire to bins and hurling stones at the police and the police station.