VIDEO: Riot breaks out in Paris after Algeria’s victory in Arab Cup, over 400 police citations and 32 arrests

By Karolina Klaskova
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Several hundred football fans celebrated Algeria’s victory in the Arab Cup on the Champs-Élysées street in Paris on Saturday night, but the celebrations quickly devolved into rioting as fans ran wild through the streets.

Police recorded more than 400 crimes and arrested 32 rioters, as the France Bleu public radio station stated.

Video of the chaos was spread widely on social media.

In another video, individuals can be seen posing on top of a French police car as police watch on without intervening in the background.

“Perfectly unassimilated young people who love France… but who, if they had dared to do this in Algeria, would have ended up in prison. A small one-way trip would do them so much good!” wrote Republicans politician and MEP Nadine Morano.

Supporters surrounded the cars of random people on the streets of Paris, slammed on them, and then danced on top of their roofs. One video has been viewed over half a million times.

Supporters of the Algeria national football team known as The Fennec Foxes gathered on the main boulevard despite measures banning rallies in this location.

Several amateur videos taken on Saturday night show the police raid not only on the Champs-Élysées but also in the Barbès district, where the immigrant community lives.

Although the celebrations took place in France, many of the people in attendance are draped in Algerian flags.

Algeria scored two goals in extra time to beat neighbors Tunisia 2-0 and win the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.

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