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Over 280 arrests in France after Algeria’s football victory

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The French police arrested 282 people on Sunday evening after Algeria’s victory over Nigeria in the African Cup semi-final, AFP news agency reported Monday based on the French Ministry of the Interior.

In Paris, Marseille and Lyon, disturbances occurred when supporters of the Algerian football team took to the streets to celebrate the final place of the North African country. The game was played in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

After the victory, dozens of supporters drove their cars over the Champs-Elysées in Paris. In the night from Sunday to Monday, however, the atmosphere changed from festive to grim and confrontations between fans and riot police. Fifty people were arrested.

In the southern city of Marseille, fans threw fireworks and smoke bombs at the police. That happened near the harbor, where thousands of Frenchmen had come to the annual fireworks show on the occasion of the national holiday Quatorze Juillet.

It was also restless in Lyon. Dozens of cars were set on fire in that city. In Montpellier, an Algerian football supporter, who celebrated Algeria’s victory, lost control of his car. He ran into a family at high speed, killing a woman and seriously injuring her baby.

249 arrested are currently still detained in France.

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