The heartbroken mother of the teenager who was ‘executed’ by a Paris police officer has revealed her tragic last words as 150 people were arrested in a second night of raging unrest in France.
17-year-old Nael M. was shot dead at the wheel of a Mercedes on Tuesday morning after an officer threatened to “put a bullet in his head”.
The killing sparked a wave of riots in the French capital, with rioters carrying out arson attacks against “symbols of the republic”.
Police arrested 150 people as anarchy broke out on the streets of Paris on the second night of protests.
Nael’s mum has now shared the details of her final moments with her murdered son, who she described as her “best friend”.
“He was everything to me and this motherfucker shot him,” she sobbed in a video shared on Instagram.
His family have vowed they will “never forgive” police for the shooting in the western suburb of Nanterre, which horrified witnesses have described as an “execution”.
Nael’s mother said: “He gave me a big kiss and told me he loved me, I told him to be careful, we left the house at the same time and went to McDonalds, then I went to work like everyone else.”
“An hour later my son was shot. What do I do now? He was everything to me and that damn son shot him.”
“I only had one he was my best friend my son we were so close thank you all for your support I don’t know what else to say.”
His grandmother echoed her grief, adding, “I will never forgive them.”
“My grandson died, they killed my grandson. We are not happy at all, I am against the government.”
“They killed my grandson, now I don’t care about anyone anymore, they took my grandson from me, I will never in my life forgive them, never, never, never.”
Nael was shot dead after he was stopped for violating traffic rules at the wheel of his rented Mercedes AMG around 8.30am on Tuesday.
Confirmed video shows an armed traffic cop pointing his gun at the teen’s rented Mercedes AMG and saying, “I’m going to put a bullet in your head.”
There’s a bang and the car lurches forward, with the officer reportedly firing at point-blank range as the teenager tries to steer away before crashing into a barricade.
Allegedly, two other passengers were in the car with Nael. One fled, the other was taken into custody.
The 38-year-old police officer, whose name has not been released, is currently in custody and faces murder charges in connection with the incident.
After the death of French-Algerian delivery driver Nael, another 2,000 police officers were sent into the streets.
He meant everything to me, and that motherfucker shot him.
City halls and schools were among the buildings set on fire by protesters between Wednesday and Thursday.
Gerald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, called it “a night of intolerable violence against symbols of the republic”.
In a tweet posted on Thursday, he added: “Town halls, schools and police stations set on fire or attacked. 150 arrests.”
“Support for the police, gendarmes and firefighters who stand up bravely. Shame on those who didn’t call for calm.”
But that didn’t stop crowds of youth from rioting in cities across France, including Lille and Toulouse, as well as in the capital.
Many of the worst fires have been caused by Molotov cocktails and fireworks aimed at buildings.
Police fired blitzballs to disperse protesters burning rubbish in north Paris, and the crowd responded by throwing bottles.
Buses and trams, as well as blocks of flats, were among the vehicles burned by the mob.
The entrance to Fresnes prison, south of Paris, burned out while videos showed police station windows being smashed before rows of police cars were torched.
President Emmanuel Macron called for calm, saying: “We have a youth who was killed, it is inexplicable and inexcusable.”
“Nothing justifies the death of a young man.”
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe also voiced his anger at the tragedy in his hometown.
He tweeted: “My France hurts me” along with a series of broken heart emojis.
“Unacceptable situation. All my thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Naël, this little angel is gone way too soon.”