Algerian football fans clashed violently with French riot police in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille following their 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match.
Along with the rioting football fans, people protesting for Bastille Day were also out smashing property and setting fire to bins and cars.
Tragically, a women was killed and her baby seriously injured when an Algeria football supporter lost control of his car traveling at high speeds in the city of Montpellier.
Across the country, security forces deployed tear gas and made over 280 arrests to restore order. Some fans chucked bottles and stones at the officers.
Video footage out of Lyon showed a number of fires in the Guillotiere district. According to the fire department, at least a dozen cars were set ablaze.
In Marseille, football fans tossed smoke bombs, firecrackers, and other projectiles at police as scores of people made their way to the port area to watch the Bastille Day fireworks.
In Paris, fans blocked traffic at the Champs-Elysees and threw fireworks at officers who were deployed to the site.
A total of 282 arrests are reported to have been made across France, according to the AFP – mostly for refusing to follow police orders and for endangering the lives of others.
According to a report from the Interior Ministry which came out Monday morning, 249 of those who were arrested were placed in police custody.
Christophe Castaner, France’s Interior Minister, expressed thanks and gratitude for the firefighters and police who worked diligently throughout the night.
Algeria will now face off against Senegal this coming Friday in Cairo, Egypt for the Cup’s title.
Following the Cup’s final, more mayhem and violence across French cities remain very much within the realm of possibilities
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