The crowd attacked police and firefighters who lured them to a school in Béziers, France, named after the murdered teacher Samuel Paty.
The incident happened on the evening of October 26 after police and firefighters were brought to the area to respond to reports of a burning construction vehicle at the site of a new school currently under construction.
According to a report from Midi Libre, firefighters who first arrived at the scene of the vehicle fire were attacked by about 20 individuals with hoods waiting for them. Police officers from the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) then arrived at the scene and were also attacked by the crowd.
Béziers Commissioner Eric Hermenier commented on the attack, saying it “forces us to be even more careful in the coming days, especially during Halloween celebrations. So far we have no clues, but an investigation is under way under the authority of the prosecution.
Two years ago on Halloween in Béziers, the mob to set fire to at two schools, including Tamaris Primary School, which was completely destroyed.
The riots continue across France despite the coronavirus jail, which is spreading to cities with burnt cars and a crowd of locals attacking police. https://t.co/L7qO4slb29
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Robert Ménard, mayor of Béziers, told the newspaper the attack was “unacceptable” and added: “They are touching the symbol of the republic again. They still did not understand that they were attacking a brother or sister by attacking the school. I cannot accept such a situation.”
The school is named after teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by a Chechen teenage refugee on the streets of a Paris suburb in October 2020 after Paty showed his class cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech.
In November 2020, the municipal council of Béziers voted unanimously to name the new school in Devèze district, to be completed in 2022, after the teacher was killed.
“The new name will be one of the strongest symbols, a sign of a desire to reconquer a district that is gradually being ghettoized and largely plagued by trade and delinquency,” Mayor Ménard said at the time.
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In some parts of France, cases of French police and firefighters being lured into areas and then attacked are becoming more common.
Last year in Versailles, rescue staff lured a burning trash can before caught in an ambush and attack by adolescents. The incident happened on several nights of urban violence in several parts of the country despite strict coronavirus closures.
The problem of growing urban violence has led some to speculate that France could go against a civil war.
May this year, retired in active duty French military personnel wrote two separate letters warning the government that the country is not just bordering on civil conflict, but that the military will have to intervene even if politicians do not require it.
“No one can wish for such a terrible situation, our superiors no more than we do, but yes, a civil war is brewing in France again and you know it well,” reads another letter condemned by the French Interior Office. Minister Gérald Darmanin.
The French conservative presidential hope warns of the risk of a “civil war”. https://t.co/hWUJqzugQA
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