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Macron blames violent video games for riots in France

On Friday, the government announced plans to deploy 45,000 police officers to contain further violence. Photo: @AJEnglish/Twitter

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron has blamed violent video games and accused protesters for exploiting the death of a teenager who was shot by police at point-blank range.

Macron also cautioned parents to keep child rioters off the streets as he noted that some youths appeared to be influenced by social app.

The French president also said more security personnel would be deployed to curb the crisis, though he did not declare a state of emergency.

For three nights, the European country has faced unrest following the death of 17-year-old Nahel M, who was shot as he drove away from a traffic stop on Tuesday.

A funeral was held in honour of Nahel M on Saturday as the riots continue for the fourth day.

Officials say on Thursday night, over 915 arrests were made, Macron also noted that a third of those arrested for the riots were “young, or very young”.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Julian Osamoto