Mother is killed in front of her children by Algerian football fan

Mother is run over and killed in front of her children by Algerian football fan celebrating his team’s win as supporters riot and loot stores in Paris following Africa Cup victory

  • Fan, 21, was driving at high speed and lost control of his car, says security official
  • Police used tear gas as children as young as six were among those filmed fleeing
  • Three motorcycle dealerships were also looted around Champs Elysee in Paris 
  • Fans were celebrating Algeria’s quarter-final victory of Ivory Coast yesterday

A football supporter ran over a family in southern France overnight, killing a woman and seriously injuring her baby while supporters celebrating his team’s win rioted and looted stores in Paris following Algeria’s African Cup of Nations victory over Ivory Coast.

The 21-year-old man was driving at high speed in the Mosson neighbourhood of southern city Montpellier on Thursday night, a security official said, adding the driver had been taken into police custody.

The woman was walking with her one-year-old baby and 17-year-old daughter when the accident happened.

Fans celebrating Algeria’s win let off flares in the middle of the street in Paris, bringing traffic to a standstill

The baby suffered traumatic injuries and was rushed to hospital, said the official.

The 17-year-old had a slight ankle injury, the spokesman said.

‘At the moment we are trying to determine the circumstances of this tragedy,’ the spokesman said, adding there were ‘lots of people in the streets’ following Algeria’s win over Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations which sent the team through to the semi-final.    

France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday condemned the football-related violence as being ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Many had joined a huge crowd at the Arc de Triomphe on Thursday evening after the North African side beat Ivory Coast on penalties

Members of the crowd accused the police of heavy-handedness, saying too many children were caught up in the chaos

During the celebrations, three motorcycle dealerships were looted around the Champs Elysee in Paris as police used teargas on Algeria football fans celebrating their latest victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Boys and girls as young as six were among those videoed fleeing from riot-control officers as a night of celebration descended into violence.  

Many had joined a huge crowd at the Arc de Triomphe on Thursday evening after the North African side beat Ivory Coast on penalties.

Debris strewn across a Parisian pavement catches fire as police struggled to maintain order

A huge crowd gathered at the Arc de Triomphe after the North African side beat Ivory Coast on penalties

France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Friday condemned the football-related violence as being ‘absolutely unacceptable’.

He said a total of 74 people were arrested across the country, including 10 minors in Paris accused of lighting fires and throwing stones at the police.  

Fireworks and fire crackers were let off, as hundreds of cars and motorcyles hooted their horns, and traffic was brought to a standstill. 

Algerian supporters in Paris blocked streets in Paris to celebrate their team’s win in Africa

Algerian fans garbed in the national flag and team shirts stood on the roofs of cars during celebrations

Police used tear gas on Algeria football fans celebrating their latest victory in the Africa Cup of Nations

But as night fell, gangs of youths broke in to the shops, including a Ducati motorbike dealership.

‘Bikes were wheeled out of broken windows, while accessories including helmets and gloves were also taken,’ said a police source in the French capital.

‘There were also attacks on officers, meaning that tear gas had to be used to clear the roads.’  

‘Bikes were wheeled out of broken windows, while accessories including helmets and gloves were also taken,’ said a police source in the French capital

Police monitor celebrations in Paris which quickly soured as fans resorted to arson and vandalism 

Police carrying batons and tear gas apprehend a supporter as fans gathered around the Champs Elysees

But members of the crowd accused the police of heavy-handedness, saying too many children were caught up in the chaos.

‘One minute we were celebrating, the next we were being poisoned by police,’ said a mother of four who asked to be identified by her first name of Amira.

‘All of my children including a six year old were gassed, as were plenty of others who were out on the street.  

Three motorcycle dealerships were looted in Paris with footage of smashed windows showing the extent of the damage

As night fell, gangs of youths broke in to the shops, including a Ducati motorbike dealership

Photos show the carnage left by Algerian football fans with Ducati motorcyles knocked to the ground

‘There were no warnings – they simply wanted us to go home, so started gassing us, along with tourists and anybody else who was around..’

Algeria, who beat Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals of the competitions being held in Egypt, has a massive following in French cities such as Paris and Marseille.

Video posted on social media showed much of the trouble, which led to some 30 arrests in the Paris area by the early hours of Friday morning.

There were similar scenes in Marseille, and in other major French cities such as Lyon, where there is also a huge community of Algerian origin. 

 ‘One minute we were celebrating, the next we were being poisoned by police,’ said a mother of four who asked to be identified by her first name of Amira

Joyous celebrations took a turn for the worse as evening fell and fans descended into chaos

Algeria is a former French colony which won independence from France in 1962 following a bitter war.

Teargas is classed as a chemical weapon, and banned from warzones, in line with international agreements.

In Britain its use is heavily restricted, and never used indiscriminately against crowds containing men, women and children, as happens in France.

There was no immediate comment from the police about the gassing of children on Friday morning.

Hundreds of cars and motorcyles hooted their horns, and traffic was brought to a standstill

Hours after the Algeria win over Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, vandalism became rife

The French Interior Minister said a total of 74 people were arrested across the country, including 10 minors in Paris accused of lighting fires and throwing stones at the police

 

 

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