JUST IN: Gangs Of Rioters Acquire Guns As French Migrant Riots Spiral Out Of Control

(trendingpoliticsnews) – Rioting has continued across France for the fourth consecutive night after a 17-year-old French teenager of Algerian descent was shot and killed by police. The French government has deployed 40,000 police officers across major municipalities, though the situation continues to spiral out of control, with multiple reports of gangs of rioters roaming the streets with guns on Friday night.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron authorized the use of armored vehicles in an effort to help quell the riots. Armored vehicles — some reportedly belonging to GIGN counter terrorism units — were seen readying up for anticipated unrest on Friday afternoon.

Officials reported that over 600 arrests had been made as of Friday evening while over 230 police officers had been injured.

After attending an Elton John concert while the riots raged on Wednesday, Macron finally addressed the situation in a series of statements Friday morning. The French president noted that most of those arrested are “youths” and called on parents to intervene. He also blamed video games as a possible cause of the nation’s worst rioting since 2005. We sometimes have the feeling that some of them are living out, in the streets, the video games that have intoxicated them,” Macron said of the rioters.

Officials reported that there were more than 3,800 fires on public roads on Friday night, while more than 500 buildings were set alight, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

By Friday evening, it was evident that Macron’s statements went unheeded as the violence continued. Rioters compromised predominantly of African and Middle Eastern migrants continued to loot stores, burn vehicles and attack French citizens while law enforcement has been unable to intervene in many cases.

In Marseille — a city of 870,000 — fires continued to burn throughout the day on Friday. By nightfall, the rioters were back in the streets in force and began to attack firefighters on their way to battle the flames. Additionally, reports emerged that rioters had looted a gun shop and stole hunting rifles while others acquired weapons after raiding a police station.

Marseille police later confirmed that at least one individual was arrested with a hunting rifle. Rioters also burned the city’s largest library which continued works dating back to the Medieval period.

Reports of rioters armed with guns continued Friday evening, as several videos emerged showing masked individuals firing weapons into the air. Others shot out cameras and other surveillance equipment. In Lyon — a city of more than 500,000 — multiple videos emerged in which gunfire from an automatic weapon can seemingly be heard.

On Friday, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin did not rule out the possibility of an emergency declaration. “Quite simply, we’re not ruling out any hypothesis and we’ll see after tonight what the President of the Republic chooses,” he said. Macron reportedly left a European summit in Brussels early on Friday in order to hold an emergency cabinet meeting, the second in as many days.

Fears are growing that the violence could escalate as a funeral for the teenager who was killed is set to be held in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Counter terrorism units were seen on the streets of the city Friday night after 79 police posts were attacked, as well as 119 public buildings including 34 town halls and 28 schools, the Daily Mail reported.