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France Bans Fireworks Sales for Bastille Day After Riots

The French government has banned the sale, possession, and transport of fireworks before Bastille Day celebrations on July 14. This move comes after six nights of rioting in France, sparked by the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy.

Protesters widely used fireworks during the riots, and there are concerns that they could be used again to cause violence on Bastille Day. The government says the ban is necessary to “prevent the risk of serious disturbances to public order.”

The ban does not apply to official firework displays, which will still take place on Bastille Day. However, it will mean people cannot buy fireworks for private use.

The ban has been met with mixed reactions. Some people support it, saying that it is necessary to prevent violence. Others say it infringes on people’s freedom and will not stop determined individuals from getting their hands on fireworks.

The government has said the ban will continue until July 15, after Bastille Day. It must be clear whether the ban will be lifted after that date.

Background

France Bans Fireworks Sales for Bastille Day After Riots

The riots in France began on June 27 after a police officer shot and killed 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk during a traffic stop. Merzouk was a young Black man, and his death sparked accusations of police racism.

The riots have been the worst in France in almost 20 years. Over 3,000 people have been arrested, and hundreds of buildings have been damaged.

The government has responded to the riots by deploying thousands of additional police officers and declaring an emergency in several cities.

The ban on fireworks sales is just one of the measures the French government has taken in response to the riots. Whether the ban will effectively prevent further violence on Bastille Day remains to be seen.

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