Macron urges government to restore order amid national unrest

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the government on Sunday to take all necessary measures to restore order in the country amid violent unrest sparked by the killing of teenager last week by police.

Macron hosted a crisis meeting on Sunday evening with high-ranking members of the government, including Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, after five nights of unrest in the wider Paris region.

The French president is set to meet with French National Assembly President Yael Braun-Pivet and Senate President Gerard Larcher on Monday, followed by a gathering of 220 mayors of towns and cities affected by the riots on Tuesday, the presidency said.

During the meeting, Macron asked the ministers to “continue to do everything in their power to restore order and guarantee a return to calm.”

He also emphasized the importance of launching a comprehensive investigation to gain a deeper understanding of the unfolding situation.

According to local media, the French interior ministry said police made 78 arrests nationwide on Sunday, down significantly from 719 arrests the day before. 

The teenager’s grandmother issued a plea for calm on Sunday, telling people to “stop and do not riot.” 

“I tell the people who are rioting this: Do not smash windows, attack schools or buses. Stop! It’s the mums who are taking the bus; it’s the mums who walk outside,” she told BFM television.

She said she was angry at the officer who killed her grandson but not at the police in general and expressed faith in the justice system.

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