| 19 April 2024, Friday |

Home of French mayor ram-raided and torched by rioters

In the midst of the anger that has engulfed the nation since Tuesday’s shooting of a teenager by a police officer, the home of a mayor of a Paris suburb was ransacked and set on fire while his wife and kids were inside, the official said on Sunday.

According to L’Hay-les-Roses mayor Vincent Jeanbrun, his wife and one of their two children, who are ages five and seven, were hurt when they evacuated the building in the early morning hours.A view of the city hall in L’Hay-les-Roses, the city where the home of l’Hay-les-Roses mayor Vincent Jeanbrun was ram-raided and set alight while his wife and children were asleep inside during the unrest that has gripped the country following the death of Nahel, a 17-year-old teenager killed by a French police officer in Nanterre during a traffic stop, in L’Hay-les-Roses near Paris, France July 2, 2023. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Jeanbrun, from the conservative Les Republicains party, was not at home but at the town hall during the incident. The town hall has been the target of attack for several nights since the shooting and has been protected with barbed wire and barricades.

“At 01:30 a.m., as I was in the town hall just like the two previous nights, people ram-raided my home before starting a fire to torch my house, where my wife and my two young children were sleeping,” Jeanbrun said on his Twitter account.

“While attempting to shield them and fleeing the attackers, my wife and one of my children got hurt.”

The local prosecutor told reporters that an investigation into attempted murder had been opened. No suspects have been arrested.

The prosecutor said the woman was injured as she fled through the backyard of the house.

  • Reuters