Fifteen Muslim youths attacked
Val-de-Reuil-Louviers police station (Eure), south of Rouen, while shouting
“Allah Akbar”. The gang of
hooded youths launched projectiles, threw cobblestones and hurled obscenities.
The attackers referred to the police
officers inside the station as “French f*ckers” while threatening “come out
were are going to burn you!”
The attack, which occurred at 2am
last Friday lasted for 30 minutes. After
the assault, Police officers were able to collect 115 different projectiles
from the area.
A CCTV footage showed that two guards
tried to fend off attackers using riot shields, while smoke bombs, pyrotechnic
devices and cobblestones were being thrown at them.
The officers responded with tear gas,
before reinforcement of the Anti-Crime Brigade (BAC) and the Departmental
Directorate of Public Security (DDSP) arrived.
An investigation has been launched on
the counts of “deliberate damage to public utility property during a riot” and
“willful violence against any person holding public authority with weapons”.
The Alliance Police Nationale, a
major police union, condemned the incident, labelling it “unheard-of
The union claims that many of the
police officers were under pressure and were on the verge of having a nervous
Likewise, the union expressed concern
about the situation of the police station in Eure.
According to initial reports, the
police station does not have enough personnel and resources to prevent or
counter such attacks. It was also revealed that the station was attacked last
The town hall on Saturday, June 29
denounced the reports as an exaggeration and referred to them as rumors and
According to a statement
from Socialist party Mayor Marc-Antoine Jamet, “The city evoked a limited incident
and, unfortunately, it has become commonplace when the heat of the summer leads
young people to remain in the street.”