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Silent march in France to protest police killing of driver

July 5, 2018
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People attend a march after police shot of a driver apparently trying to avoid an identity check earlier this week, Thursday, July 5, 2018 in Nantes, western France. Nantes saw a second night of violence and protesters clashed with riot police overnight into Thursday, burning stores and cars. Eleven people were detained in connection with the violence. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently Thursday in France’s western city of Nantes to protest the fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check — a march that came after two nights of violence rocked the city.

Residents laid flowers near the place where the 22-year-old driver was killed.

Hours earlier, protesters clashed with riot police overnight into Thursday, burning stores and cars. Police detained 11 people.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, speaking from Nantes on Thursday morning, expressed his “firmest condemnation” of the violence and vowed full transparency in the investigation into the circumstances of the driver’s death on Tuesday.

Authorities say the driver, who died from a single bullet wound, had been sought by police under a year-old arrest warrant for an alleged robbery south of Paris. They said he had given police a false identity when stopped in Nantes.

The policeman who fired the fatal shot has been detained for questioning, French media quoted the city’s prosecutor as saying.

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