A 14-year-old boy was killed by a panicked driver after riots break out in the streets of Montpellier as Moroccan fans riot following their World Cup semi final defeat to France.
The teenager was part of a large group of what appeared to be Moroccan supporters marauding down Rue de la Mosson in the southern French city when they happened upon a white hatchback with a French flag flying out of its window.
The group descended on the car, attempting to rip the flag away from its owner, when the driver panicked and performed a hasty U-turn to cross into the oncoming lane and make a quick getaway.
Several members of the crowd could not react in time and the teenager was sucked under the wheels, sustaining critical injuries. Authorities confirmed he was transferred to a nearby hospital but later died.
Ahead of the semifinal game in Qatar, France mobilized 10,000 police including 5,000 for Paris and surrounding, to oversee the celebrations surrounding the France-Morocco World Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening.
“10,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized. 5,000 in the Paris region, especially around the Champs-Elysées and 5,000 outside the Paris region,” said the Minister of the Interior before the National Assembly, noting that the Champs-Elysées would not be closed to traffic.
Paris street previously saw violent incidents on Dec. 10 after the quarterfinal victories of Morocco against Portugal.
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