City violence in Lyon following a serious accident involving a young man on a scooter

The essentials Late in the afternoon, this Thursday March 4, 2021, several voluntary fire starts were observed in the La Duchère district of Lyon. The spills are believed to be related to a two-wheeler accident in which a teenager was seriously injured the day before.

We learned brief clashes between police and residents of a sensitive area of ​​Lyon on Thursday evening after a scooter accident the day before in which a local teenager was seriously injured, we learned from consistent sources. According to the city hall, clashes between young people from the La Duchère district in the 9th arrondissement in the early evening led to police officers who intervened after a series of arson attacks with rubbish bins and cars.

Police used tear gas, according to the same source who said the calm returned around 8 p.m. According to the prefecture, six vehicles were burned and four people were arrested. A CRS company came to reinforce the local police force, she said.

A teenager who is still in a coma

The town hall told AFP that these tensions “follow” the accident of a 13-year-old on a scooter in the same sensitive area on Wednesday. The teenager, who was still in a coma on Thursday, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. According to the local press, young people from the neighborhood are making sure that the scooter is being followed by an unmarked police car that AFP Prefecture and social networks have officially denied.

In a tweet, she denied “the #FakeNews that suggest the police were involved in a scooter accident that happened yesterday.” “Conversely, after calling 17, the police intervened to determine the extent of the accident,” she added.

The prefect denies #FakeNews that the police were involved in a scooter accident that happened yesterday. Conversely, after a call to 17., the police intervened to secure the extent of the accident

– Prefect of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Rhône region (@prefetrhone) March 4, 2021

“A completely abnormal situation”

“It seems that the scooter accident would have created this tension,” said AFP, EELV Mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet, who drove there around 8pm. “The merger was probably carried out in the presence of a police force, but it is a rumor. The prefecture tells me that this crew was present after the accident,” he added, calling for “appeasement”.

“We know a completely unusual situation,” said Progress, the principal of the high school La Martinière Duchère, in front of which the clashes took place. “The boarding school will continue to operate tonight (…), tomorrow (Friday, note) we will probably not resume classes to give our staff the opportunity to meet and give them an explanation,” said he. – he assured the progress.

The Lyon Public Prosecutor contacted by AFP was unavailable Thursday evening to comment on the information or to announce the initiation of a possible investigation into the facts.