Clashes erupted in the Breil district of Nantes, Tuesday night, after a man in his twenties was shot dead by police during a check.

French lawmaker Valerie Oppelt on Wednesday called for calm after police shot and killed a 22-year-old man in Nantes, triggering unrest in several neighborhoods across the western city.

Shortly after news of the man’s death emerged, groups of migrants gathered in the Breil neighborhood. The protesters threw Molotov cocktails and torched at least three vehicles and a shopping center during clashes with police.

“Nantes was the scene of violence last night. I appeal for calm. An investigation is under way to learn the circumstances of this tragedy,” Oppelt said in a tweet. “My thoughts go out to the residents of the Breil neighborhood.”

 

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