Video- Arrests made amid no letup in France unrest
People in France continue with their protests against police brutality across the country, with reports of several arrests in the northern city of Rouen.
Fresh clashes erupted between riot police and protesters during a rally against police brutality in Rouen on Friday. Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the angry crowds and eight people were arrested in the wake of the latest series of demonstrations over the past fortnight.
Also in the western city of Nantes, hundreds of people took to the streets under heavy police presence, lighting flares and chanting slogans in condemnation of police brutality.
Nearly 250 protesters have been arrested since the unrest began early this month.
The rallies were instigated by the alleged sexual abuse of a 22-year-old black man, identified as Theo, who was beaten and raped by a group of police officers in a Paris suburb on February 2.
He suffered severe injuries during the assault and was taken to hospital for an emergency surgery.
One of the four police officers involved in the incident has been charged with rape, while three others are charged with aggravated assault. The officers have all denied the charges.
French President Francois Hollande, who had paid a visit to the assault victim days after the incident, called for “justice” to be served for Theo.