Dozens of people have gathered for a second night (local time) on Monday, May 18, in the Argenteuil suburb of Paris and fired fireworks to protest the death of an 18-year-old local. According to protesters, the individual was on a motorcycle and reportedly collided with a police car. Some members of the community blamed the police for the incident. An ongoing investigation suggests that the police car did not chase or collide with the individual's motorcycle. Local media reports on Monday also showed demonstrators setting a car on fire and erecting barricades. Protests initially broke out on Sunday night, May 17, as individuals gathered around a housing estate in the area shortly after the accident.
Further unrest, and potential clashes between demonstrators and police officers, cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Paris are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public gatherings and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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