Several stores were looted in the center of Paris near the Champs Elysées when riots broke out after Algeria’s win in the Africa Cup.
Immediately after the victory around 9 pm last night, hundreds of people took to the streets to celebrate the victory over Ivory Coast. Cars were blocked in the centre of Paris as enthusiastic youngsters (mostly children of Algerian immigrants got out of their cars and stopped the others to show their flags of Algeria).
The atmosphere quickly changed in the center of the French capital when police was sent in to calm things down.
France has a large migrant population from Algeria, it’s former colony.
Most people celebrated, but dozens of youngsters decided to plunder shops in the area. For example, helmets, gloves and a motorcycle were taken from a motorcycle store on the Avenue de la Grande Armée. Two other stores were looted. Several windows of stores have also been smashed. French TV is focusing on the plundering this morning.
Video hereunder: A public transport bus has it’s windows broken
The police used tear gas to disperse the people on the Place de l’Etoile. According to AFP (Agence France Presse), at least one person was arrested by the police. Around 1.30 am in the morning, things turned quiet again.
Video hereunder: Algerian supporters block Paris traffic to celebrate.
Because Ivory Coast was defeated after penalties, Algeria is now in the semi-final of the Africa Cup. There it is facing Nigeria.
The Parisian mayor might want to look at the calendar of the Africa cup for that one.
Last year the Belgian capital Brussels saw similar riots and lootings when Morocco advanced in the Africa cup.