A suspect driving a car in the southern French city of Montpellier “violently crashed” and killed a teenager as crowds celebrated France’s World Cup semifinal victory, authorities said Thursday. locals
The vehicle was found nearby, but the driver fled the scene. The police are trying to locate the suspect and have opened an investigation into the precise circumstances of the events, as reported by the prosecutor’s office in Montpellier.
A video emerged on Twitter showing a car being driven dangerously close to crowds in the street after the French national team’s win against Morocco on Wednesday night.
The 14-year-old, whose name has not been released, was rushed to a hospital and died from his injuries, authorities said.
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French MP Nathalie Oziol expressed her “immense sadness (that a) sporting event ended in absolute tragedy”.
Elsewhere in France, crowds in Paris and other cities erupted in cheers as France – which has a large Moroccan community – advanced to the World Cup final. The displays were relatively moderate. The disappointed Moroccan fans mingled with the exuberant fans of the winning team, paying tribute to the African country’s unprecedented success.
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In the capital of neighboring Belgium, which also has a large Moroccan community, around 100 people were arrested late Wednesday after soccer fans shot fireworks at police and damaged cars in central Brussels, he said. police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere.