World Bulletin / News Desk
Several cars were set on fire and a shopping center was partly burned in the Breil neighborhood as police confronted angry young people, some armed with Molotov cocktails.
The slain youth, said to be a man in his twenties, was killed on Tuesday at 8.30 p.m. (1830 GMT) in Nantes during a police check of a vehicle after he "refused to comply" with police requests, according to media reports quoting police sources.
Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday called “for absolute calm, as the rule of law will be completely respected”.
Police authorities are investigating to clarify "the facts and determine in what circumstances the policeman used his weapon", according to Pierre Sennes, Nantes' public prosecutor.